BAYELSA REBURIES ADAKA BORO, IJAW HERO
JUNE 1, 2014 YENAGOA.
The remains of late Major Isaac Adaka Boro, Ijaw hero, killed during the Nigerian Civil War, were reburied on Sunday at Ijaw Heroes Park in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
Boro was killed in Okrika, Rivers State, on May 16, 1968.
Present during the tributes to Boro were foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Governor Seriake Dickson, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Martin Luther King Jnr. III and Ijaw activist, Ankio Briggs and former Governor of Bayelsa, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
Others were President Ijaw Monitoring Group, Joseph Eva; Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolo; President, Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri; Special Adviser to President on Amnesty, Kingsley Kuku; son of Boro, Phil, among other dignitaries.
In his tribute, Clark said Boro stood against injustice, noting that over 40 years ago, he fought against man’s inhumanity to man.
He urged Nigerians to respect the diversity and heterogeneity of the country.
Clark said, “Nigeria is a country where some leaders feel it is their right to rule. Today, our son, Goodluck Jonathan, is being assaulted because he is from the minority.
“Lugard never said any part of Nigeria is superior to others. The unfair attitude of some section has been responsible for the convening of national conference by Jonathan to address the injustices in the Nigerian system.
“Those who did not see the benefits of living together are being recalcitrant and intransigent in their positions at the confab. We must respect our diversity and heterogeneity. ”
Phil commended Dickson for deeming it fit to bring the remains of his father to his ancestral home.
However, he expressed displeasure that many politicians who rode on Boroism to prominence were not present at his wake.
On Saturday, the gold plaited casket carrying the remains of Boro arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport to a heroic welcome.
The military, the police, the paramilitary personnel, Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolo, Ijaw youths led by their President, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, whose mandate it was receive the corpse, community of rights activists were at the airport to receive the casket bearing the remains.
Tuodolo told journalists at the airport that Boro was disciplined and committed to the Niger Delta struggle.
“This is a memorable day for us. We should turn out to honour this icon of Niger Delta struggle,” Tuodolo said.
Niger Delta activist, Ann Kio Briggs, said Boro’s reburial was welcomed because they never liked that their hero was buried in another land.
She said his reburial would raise the bar in the Niger Delta struggle for fiscal federalism, resource control and injustice.
Eradiri said the Ijaw youths were happy that Boro’s remains were brought back to his ancestry for reburial.
“We believe that once we bury him in the Niger Delta soil, there will peace in the region,” he said.
From the Airport, the remains were moved to his ancestral home in Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government of Bayelsa State.
At Kaiama, Boro’s kinsmen received his remains amid celebration. FROM SAINT:
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