Ijaw Development: Ebipams Meets Barrister Smooth, Decries Poor State Of Things – The Liberator 


By Binebai Princewill

National Coordinator, Ijaws in Oil and Gas, Comr. Ebipams Johnny, popularly known as the Aluta Bishop recently visited reigning Ijaw music champion, Chief Barrister S. Smooth, alias the paddle of Niger Delta to decry the poor level of development in Ijaw nation.

Comr. Ebipams Johnny noted that he was born as an Ijaw son and would continue to exist as one, stressing that same undeveloped Ijaw nation that he was born into as a child is the same if not worse in terms of development now that he has become an adult.

The Aluta Bishop particularly bemoan the Ijaw nation, adding that despite the rich potentials of the Ijaw nation, things are going from bad to worse for the people with no remedy yet in sight.

He said four decades after he was born, there is absolutely nothing to celebrate in Ijaw nation, insisting that Ijaws must unite and rise up against the iron fisted manipulation they finds themselves in the Nigerian union, this according to him must be done with intellectual agitation devoid of violence.

Speaking further, the Niger Delta advocate for good governance pleaded with the Ijaw music kingpin to use his historic and instructional songs to provide a direction for the Ijaws.

Johnny stated that he started listening to Barrister Smooth’s songs while he was a child, adding that the musics where not only prophetic, but they where inspirational, instructional and provide direction for the Ijaw people.

He declared that Barrister Smooth would continue to be his best and favourite Ijaw musician.

Meanwhile, the paddle of Niger Delta, Barrister S. Smooth in his swift response lauded Comr. Ebipams for identifying with him, stressing that he will not disappoint him nor the entire Ijaw nation as he is always ready for the task.

Barrister Smooth had particularly called for a united Ijaw nation, adding that the issues raised by Ebipams and the entire delegation are crucial, hence a new date will be fixed and communicated to him for proper discussion as the atmosphere then was rowdy.

Meanwhile, besides the prominent personalities that accompanied Ebipams for the visit, it would be recalled that the courtesy call was payed to the Ijaw music mogul at his office along Jakpa road by praise center in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

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