By Binebai Princewill
A group operating under the aegis of Ijaw Cultural Revival Movement, ICRM has stated that plans to crown Chief Barrister S. Smooth as Ijaw music king is ongoing.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Warri yesterday, signed and circulated by its national President, Comr. Emmanuel Gesikekeme Akpule, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
Akpule noted that the Ijaw Cultural Revival Movement has special interest towards the preservation of the rich cultural heritage via documentation and sensitization of the Ijaws on the need to promote the Ijaw culture.
He noted that the contributions of Barrister Smooth towards the growth and development of the Ijaw ethnic nationality via his thought provoking songs stands him out among his equals in the industry to merit the kingship title.
The national president of Ijaw Cultural Revival Movement, Comr. Akpule maintained that the Ijaw music kingship should not be politicised with sentiment, stressing that the group will continue to back Smooth as the next Ijaw music king that will succed late King Robert Ebizimor.
Comr. Gesikeme explained that the activities of Barrister Smooth, ranges from showing leadership where there are non, carrying others along, protecting the indivisibility and sanctity of the Ijaw music industry were among some of the kingship qualities Smooth is alleged to be blessed with.
Speaking further, the group lauded Chief Barrister S. Smooth, also known as the paddle of Niger Delta for giving direction to the Ijaw struggle for liberation, stressing that his prophetic songs earned him a place in the Ijaw history as a living legend in the Ijaw music industry.
ICRM noted that the contributions of Smooth cannot be quantified verbally nor orally in his bid to reposition and renegotiate a better deal for the Ijaws in the Nigerian State.
Comr. Emmanuel insisted that the general public, particularly the Ijaws should be alert as date, time, venue and news relating to the crowning of Chief Barrister Smooth as the next Ijaw music king will be massively publicised.
“Watch out, for it is going to be historic and interesting” Akpule said