By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—PROFESSOR of Sociology and Director, Centre for Foundation Studies, Federal University, Otuoke, FUO, Benjamin Okaba, has said the pan-Ijaw socio-political organization, Ijaw National Congress, INC, needs credible leadership to revive its fortunes, unite all Ijaw people and take INC to the next level.
In a chat with newsmen in Yenagoa, yesterday, Okaba, who lamented that the INC which used to be a giant irrepressible voice of the Ijaw people and the Niger Delta, said it was unfortunate that the INC had become moribund and factionalized along different interest groups, and unable to conduct credible elections.
Professor Okaba, who is aspiring for the position of national chairman of INC, thanked Governor Seriake Dickson for his efforts towards reviving the organization, stating that he was still consulting with Ijaw stakeholders on his chairmanship ambition.
He said if given the mandate to lead, he would revive the fortunes of INC and restore its lost glory, stressing that he would focus on promoting unity among Ijaw people by reviving the cultural heritage and consciousness of Ijaws.
According to him: “The INC used to be the giant and irrepressible voice of the Niger Delta but for so many factors INC is almost moribund. I want to thank Governor Seriake Dickson for his various efforts towards reviving INC, am sure that in no distant time credible elections will take place and leadership chosen by God Himself would have the mandate to take INC to the next level. My focus would be unity of Ijaw people, we are divided vertically and horizontally, Ijaw used to be known for truth and oneness, we used to say an injury to one is an injury to another bust as I speak to you, unless you know, there are so many factions and interest groups even within clans and communities even among the political and business class. That was why we could not maximized the opportunities we had.”