Ijaw Monitoring Group has described the King of Boma Kingdom in Bayelsa State, HRH Joshua Igbugburu, as a blessing to the Ijaw nation in particular and the Niger Delta in general.

In a statement by Comrade Joseph Evah, the Ijaws said: “The highly respected Bayelsa monarch was one of the oldest monarchs in Nigeria that was crowned during the colonial era.

“He was one of the founding fathers of Bayelsa State and became the founding chairman of Bayelsa State Council of Traditional rulers as well as the longest chairman of the council.

“We are grateful to God that one of the leading lights in the progress of Niger Delta is marking his 80th birthday and 58 years on the throne of his forefathers.

“Without doubt, HRH Igbugburu is a legend worth celebrating and his great achievements will be a reference point for future generations.

“We urged the Federal Government to name the Federal Polytechnic at Ekowe sited in his kingdom after this great king and lover of education. We also urge the Bayelsa State Government to appreciate the hard-working monarch and name a major institution in the state  after him.”

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