Urhobo youths plan mass protest over govt neglect
By Akpokona Omafuaire.
WARRI – WORRIED by the perceived neglect of the Urhobo Nation by the Goodluck Jonathan led administration, and the dwindling political fortune, the Urhobo youths have been called upon by Comrade Rex Anighoro, an Urhobo youth leader, to take their destiny in their hands and join forces together to wrestle back the lost glory through a planned mass protest.
This is coming on the heel of the call on the President by Chief (Maj-Gen.) Patrick Aziza (Rtd.), President General of the Urhobo Progress Union to appoint an Urhobo son/daughter into the federal executive. council in order to correct the perceived neglect.
An agitated Anighoro made the call thursday in Warri, Delta State in a social media chat promised that the planned protest will be peaceful.
According to him, “The Urhobo nation has become a laughing stock, greatly derided by friends and enemies, the urhobo people strong, intelligent and creative but lacking in common purpose. The urhobo nation which is bigger than over 70 independent nations has lost her leadership role in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian enterprise and African project.”
Anighoro lamented that with the Urhobo greats fast declining with no adequate and ready replacement; it is high time that the youths rose to the occasion by staking a claim to reclaiming its lost glory.
In his words, “ Today, as the first generation of Urhobo greats, like the Oshues; Mowoes, Salubis, Okumagbas, Dafinone, Ovie whiskeys, Akpores, Ibrus, Brumes, and the rank and file gets more depleted, I fear if there are adequate replacements.”
He declared that it is time for the Urhobo people to join forces with the over 1000 Urhobo youths to storm the streets in a direct action to renegotiate the Urhobo pride of place.
“We shall use the face of Mukoro Mowoe and Oshue of Orhuworun as our symbols, we shall design our flags, draw our map, compose a political national anthem, design our coat of arms and many more. It is the urhobo revolution! Watch out for Urhobo youth summit!”