By Azu Akanwa
The Ijaw Monitoring Group has described the 14th year anniversary of the death of late Chief Alfred Rewane as a sad moment in the history of Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general.
In a statement marking the anniversary of the death of the late NADECO Chieftain, the Coordinator, Ijaw Monitoring Group, Comrade Joseph Evah, stated that Chief Rawane was a man of unusual courage who laid down his life for democracy and justice in Nigeria.
â€œToday reminds us of the sad event that robbed the Niger Delta and Nigeria of a political icon who worked for the greatness of this country. He paid the supreme price at a period Nigeria was at the verge of another civil war after the bitter experience of 1967 to 1970.
“The Niger Delta people are proud that he was one of the pillars ofÂ the great Awolowo political empire that brought light to the old western region before independence and after independence which part of the Niger Delta are direct beneficiaries of his free education and free medical care among others.
â€œWe expected the federal and state governments in the Niger Delta to recognise this great man who was the driving force of the agitation during the military era to force the late Abacha to return the country to democracy.â€
According to the group, â€œPapa Rewane was instrumental to the end of military dictatorship in Nigeria and his death denied Nigeria of a principled and fearless patriot that would have guarded the present directionless democracy to safe landing for the future generation.