By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Forty-five years after he was buried, the remains of late Major Isaac Adaka Boro, were, Saturday, exhumed from the Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos, to begin his final journey to his ancestral home state, Bayelsa, where he will be interred at the Heroes Park, Yenagoa.
The Heroes Park, where the late National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi, was buried last December, was conceived as the final resting place for all heroes and legends of the state by the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration.
It was gathered that the tomb of late Boro, the hero of the Niger Delta struggle and symbol of Ijaw nation, was located and exhumed, Saturday, after a long search that commenced January.
The Bayelsa State Government delegation, it was learnt, was led by Dr. Felix Tuodolo, Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw Affairs and Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor on Ijaw National Affairs, Elder Patrick Erasmus.
Others include Niger Delta activist, Annkio Briggs, Mr. Joseph Evah, National Co-ordinator, Ijaw Monitoring Group; Regent Youmor, President, Ijaw Community, Lagos.
Representatives of the Boro family, led by Elder Gelelhope Boro, his children, Esther Boro the eldest, Debby Boro, Bunmi Alangierefe Boro and Apostle Felix Boro, his son, including INC Lagos chapter, which was represented by Dr. Churchere Komonibo, Deputy Chairperson, Ghomorai Presidor, were present.
Commenting on the development, Dr. Tuodolo, said Boro’s remains were exhumed for DNA test.
“The reburial is scheduled for Isaac Boro day anniversary next month,” he said.
Joseph Evah, said: “The Ijaw nation led by Dr. Tuodolo, after a long search with Lagos cemetery records, exhumed the remains of our hero (Isaac Boro) first to declare a republic in Nigeria.
“As I join other patriots at Ikoyi cemetery with Boro’s children/family with choruses to exhumed the body from the grave, I saw the smiling teeth of Boro, who was killed during the civil war. We are taking his remains to Izonland.”
Governor Dickson, it will be recalled had declared that the Heroes Park will henceforth be the final resting place for all heroes and legends of the state.