Ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region have been challenged to show respect to the emancipation battle embarked upon by late Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro, because “he did not die for the Ijaws alone, but for the entire region”.
This challenge was handed down on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Port Harcourt by the National President of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC Worldwide), Deacon Peter Timothy Igbifa, during the 54th Anniversary Celebration of Boro’s Day at the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt.
Igbifa said, “The Ijaws should not be discouraged with how things are in the region as it seems that our efforts at achieving political and economic freedom are not appreciated by the other ethnic nationalities but let us not forget that our hero, Major Isaac Boro declared a Niger Delta Republic, not Ijaw Republic and someday, that declaration, for which he paid with his life, will come to pass”.
Amidst thunderous chants of “H a a a-Izon, Asawana… .wana” the IYC President also tasked all political parties in Rivers and Delta states to cede their governorship tickets for the 2023 elections, particularly in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that such a considerate act would be a befitting anniversary gift for the late Patriarch of Niger Delta of Niger Delta and the greatest sacrifice
He affirmed that what anyone could offer for a cause is blood, adding that Isaac Boro paid the supreme price for the freedom of the region.
Earlier, during a road rally of Ijaw youths across the Eastern Zone (Rivers/Akwa Ibom states) from Aggrey Road to Isaac Boro Park, the Chairman of the Elders’ Council of IYC in the zone, Elder Kalada Jene, spoke on the need to “Reset the Buttons of the struggles for Freedom”, as envisaged by the founding fathers of the struggle and in line with the stipulations of the Kaiama Declaration, which stresses the inalienable rights of the indigenous peoples of the world to their political and economic resources.