By Ambrose Ologide
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has marked late Major Adaka Jasper Boro’ s Day in Warri.
Representatives of the zone comprising Delta, Edo and Ondo states celebrated the life and times of the fallen Ijaw National hero in a very colourful way at Tunde Smooth’s Playground, NPA Warri on Monday 16th May, 2022.
In a statement presented to our correspondent at the event by Effurun based Ijaw born human rights activist and lawyer, Napoleon Egin, he explained that the celebration was in commemoration of the twelve day revolution on behalf Niger Deltans championed by late Adaka Jasper Boro 54 years ago.
“It reminds us of the injustice the people of the Niger Delta Region had suffered in the 1st Republic.
“Sadly the movement against injustice for which Major Adaka Jasper Boro and his men were known for still persists and pervades the Niger Delta Region 54 years after,” the statement noted.
The erudite lawyer noted that Niger Deltans were still denied their basic rights to humanity.
He noted further that the ecosystem in the region was completely ravaged by unregulated activities in oil industry.
“We are still denied the minimum participatory right to the project called Nigeria.
“The essence of the struggle can only be achieved when we continue to harp on the need to persist until the Niger Delta takes it pride of place in the Nigerian project,” the statement added.
Egin then called on Niger Delta leaders to imbibe the ideals and virtues of the late Major Adaka Jasper Boro.
The Chairman of IYC Western Zone, Comrade (Dr) Donbra Collins Okotete, the Secretary of IYC Western Zone Comrade Omaghomi Olu – Delmonico and Mobilization Officer Egbema Command, Julius Timi, who spoke to our correspondent in a separate media chat also extolled the virtues of the late Ijaw national hero.
They also acknowledged that it was the first time the event was celebrated in the Oil City of Warri.