By Dave Oso
warri—Five Itsekiri leaders, Pa Jackson Ireyefoju, Sir Amorighoye Sunny Mene, Air Vice Marshall Terry Omatsola Okorodudu (retd.); Engr. Victor Wood and Comrade Amaechi Ogbitse Ogbonna have identified the re-integration of quality representations and leadership, as evident in the first and second republics’ Itsekiri political class, as well as prior to 1999, as solution to the challenges facing the Itsekiri Nation in today’s Nigeria.
The Itsekiri leaders made the postulation in Warri, Delta State, during the 21st national convention and inauguration ceremony of National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, NAIG, weekend.
While Dr. Ireyefoju rhetorically asked if Itsekiri Nation was not small in population when they dominated the space in the political dispensations prior to 1999, Comrade Ogbonna posited that the problem of Itsekiri Nation started in 1999 when Itsekiris began to “play politics of money.” Secretary of Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, ILOT, Sir Mene averred that Itsekiri people have been exposed to tyranny since the minority right protection was expunged from the constitution by the military in 1966.
Sir Mene, while stating that the plight of minority in Nigeria is much worse today than 100 years ago, opined, “It’s only in Nigeria that democracy is a game of number, instead of the people’s rights” as practised in other countries.”
Air Vice Marshall Okorodudu in a remark, declared that those who go against Itsekiri values should be ostracized.