YOUTHS of Ijaw have expressed desire for rebirth of fallen heroes of the Niger Delta struggle, particularly Isaac Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa as panacea for achieving the liberation of the region’s people from perceived “slavery” in the larger Nigerian nation.
In a statement in Warri, the youths, under auspices of Burutu Youth Congress (BYC), said since the “unjust killing” of Isaac Boro and Saro-Wiwa, the Ijaw’s struggle to arrest mass poverty and underdevelopment in the midst of huge wealth flowing from their land has only made meaning in swelling the ego and personal wealth of the self serving successors of the struggle leaving the majority is pity and deprivation.
Comrade Livingstone Mokuna, BYC Secretary, who signed the statement, said, “I was born into one of the richest local government area, state and region in Nigeria. Paradoxically, despite having an Ijaw heading Aso Rock Villa, living conditions for majority Ijaws remain piteous.
‘’As Ijaw youths we pray to God to provide us new Isaac Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa to liberate us first from our own self-centered and inconsiderate leaders who claim to be our representatives. If we can stood against federal might and achieved some recognition, then who are these individuals we cannot confront?”
Describing Ijaws as victims of ethnic segregation and deprivation, Mokuna called on all Ijaws across Delta state to “make change by supporting our own for the governorship in Delta State come 2015. I commend the Delta Ijaw Congress for standing by this Ijaw course towards the next elections in Delta.