…Passes Message To Niger Delta Governors, Vows To Always Protect Ijaw Interest

By Ndu Samuel

Apex Ijaw Youth body, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to honour and immortalise Late Maj. Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro as a nation hero.

This was contained in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Yenagoa, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide earlier today.

The statement reads in full below:

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide

Press Statement

16/05/2024

Boro Day: IYC Urges FG To Honour Boro As A National Hero, Commends Him For Opening The Eyes Of Minorities In Nigeria

1. The umbrella body covering all Ijaw Youths, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to honour late Maj. Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro as a true Nigerian nationalist who died for the indivisibility of Nigeria in 1968 during the Biafra war.

2. To us as Ijaw people, late Jasper Adaka Boro means so much to us as a people, his struggle for a better Niger Delta in the Nigerian State due to the many years of environmental injustice by the multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region, unbridled marginalization and the gross underdevelopment of the region and the Ijaw people by the Federal Government of Nigeria will continue to be a telling example in our struggle for resource control and self determination in the Nigerian State.

3. Considering the sacrifices of Boro who paid the supreme price by dying to protect Nigeria as one indivisible sovereign nation, it is the call of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide that the Federal Government of Nigeria should name critical facilities like International Airports, a Federal Institution of learning and what have you after Boro. This is very important as we also recommend proper recognition of the Boro family, his children, wife and brother by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

4. However, while the Bayelsa State Government over the years has continued to be a major financier of the Boro day celebration, we are urging the Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ondo, Imo and other Niger Delta Governors to do same by massively supporting any move geared towards celebrating Boro and today this is the 56th Boro day celebration with the theme tagged “Honouring The Sacrifices Of The Past; Embracing The Challenges Of The Moment And Believing In The Future “.

5. Boro’s declaration of Niger Delta Republic in 1966 that is popularly known as the 12 days revolution made him as a champion of minority rights movement in Nigeria. In essence late Maj. Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro is the one who opened the eyes of Minorities in Nigeria over the downright neglect of smaller tribes within Nigeria and the need to be treated fairly as equal stakeholders in the Nigerian Union.

6. As a council, we are calling on all Niger Delta Governors to immortalise Late Maj. Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro in their various states. The celebration of Boro should go beyond the Ijaws as his struggle in negotiating a better deal for the Niger Delta region has benefitted the Niger Delta region as an oppressed region in the Nigerian State.

7. Nevertheless, we are happy that the struggles of late Maj. Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro who is a pathfinder of the Niger Delta struggle and champion of minority rights movement in Nigeria gave birth to the creation of Rivers and Bayelsa states. As Ijaw people, we will continue to honour and venerate him.

8. It is the assurance of the 9th National Executive Council of the (IYC) led by Sir Jonathan Lokpobiri that we will continue to uphold the principles of the Kaiama Declaration and the founding principles of the Ijaw Youth Council.

9. We are reiterating that till date, the Ijaw people are yet to get their desired development and progress in the Nigerian State. More and special attention should be given to the Ijaw and Niger Delta people as a golden region that feeds the country with its enormous natural resources. The IYC will never renege in its quest for resource control and self determination.

10. Finally, we are appreciating founding fathers of council, leaders of Ijaw nation, our gallant Ijaw Youths all over the World and stakeholders that have continued to support Boro day celebration and activities of council. The IYC will continue to fight for the rights of the Ijaw people.

Signed.
Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill
Spokesman Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide.