By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Pioneer civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, weekend, rallied support for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying any person from the Ijaw nation, who vote against the president in the forthcoming poll is a saboteur.
Describing President Jonathan’s rise to prominence in country’s politics as divine arrangement by God, Chief Alamieyeseigha, said an average Ijaw person has leadership qualities embedded in him.
He urged the people of the region to register during the voters registration exercise, so as to be able to cast their votes which, according to him would guarantee them the President of their choice come 2011.
The former Governor, who spoke in Yenagoa, during the launch of a music entitled ‘Oyibo Remote’ by an indigenous musician, Mr Smooth, a lawyer, stressed the need for the inclusion of Ijaw music into Jonathan’s jingles, adding that music should be used to propagate the Ijaw culture.
Chief Alamieyeseigha recalled that when he was the Governor of the state, he made the Ijaw people to stop lamenting over the issues of marginalization and neglect, but to go for what rightly belonged to them.
According to him, “militancy is not only those that carry gun in the creeks, there is intellectual militancy, which is a fighting spirit, and it will continue until we get what we want. We can now dance Owigiri at AsoRock because we have the President as our son.”
He also urged Smooth to continue to promote the Ijaw culture through his music, regretting that most of the Ijaw children could hardly speak their language.
“Nobody is born in Ijaw land by accident. We must continue to promote those values that bring us together, and music is one of them. There is no boundary between the Ijaw from Ondo State to Akwa Ibom State. The culture of Ijaw shows that we are one, but we lack unity in diversity,” he said.
In his speech, the celebrant and the convener of the launch, Barrister Smooth who thanked every body present for attending the occasion described artistes as the mirror of the society which he said is reflected by the actions and the performances of the artiste.
He urged the people to work towards building up Izon language, adding that indigenous artistes promote the values and cultures of a place while encouraging up coming artistes to work towards promoting the Ijaw values and culture.