BY EBIKONDE VICTOR SOKOTO
Gbaramatu Kingdom recently affirmed its leadership role. This was in self-reliance.
The Kingdom organized one of the most peaceful and innovative elections in the history of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) since its inception.
Without a doubt, this act has stamped the Kingdom’s commitment to the ‘1998 Kaiama Declaration.’
Various quarters have commended the election as credible and well organized given conflicts that had plagued the performance of the Council for years.
No more factions. ‘IYC Congress Oporoza 2020’ without a doubt will go down memory lane as the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
The issues that held back our shared interest in fighting for a stronger and prosperous Ijaw Nation, have been laid to rest in Oporoza on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
It was a day worthy of commemoration sequel to emancipation walk of our great hero — Major Gen. Jasper Adaka Boro.
I wish to salute the moral will and courage of all the entire aspirants for sharing in the pursuit of a better Ijaw land.
I believe that the works we do, will not stop at the campaigns. To the winners, I say congratulations, for the mandate you have been entrusted with.
Let your actions/impact be good as the outcome of the election.
You should understand that IYC is not a political organization. It is the strength of the Ijaw nation.
It is the vehicle to a country which a people will be proud to call theirs. Innovation and deep consultations with key stakeholders/intellectuals are critical to achieving these underlying objectives of the organization.
Address the issue of social injustice and underdevelopment. Wage a good fight and bring our people hope and progress.
I wish to also use this medium to congratulate one of Gbaramatu finest, the youngest aspirant in the race for the IYC Secretariat, Comr. Godswill Doubra Wuruyai.
Comrade, I commend the audacity of your purpose and the clarity of the vision for the Ijaw Nation.
Your passion is contagious. Your intellectual capacity is second to none. You represent the best of your generation.
I have no doubt the future holds greater prospects for us all. It can only get better. You remain a true inspiration to the Gbaramatu child and we are proud of your works. You have done us well.
Thank You the gentle and kindhearted Mr Jacob Abai aka Jakes @gbaramatuvoice, for always standing as the pan-Niger Delta Publisher and Newspaper of choice. Thank you for the exclusive coverage.
We are most grateful to our father; His Imperial Majesty, Pere Williams N.S. Ogoba, Oboro Gbaraun II, Agadagba, The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, for the fatherly counsel and prayers that led to the massive success of the congress.
The support of the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs is well appreciated. Thank you for your investment of time and resources and every supports you provided.
Thank you; High Chief Engr. Kestine Pondi, High Chief Dan Ekpebide, High Chief Dennis Otuaro, Hon. GUWOR Emomotimi Dennis, member representing Warri South West State Constituency, High Chief Komiyefa Uduboh, Chief Ebimobowei Oguma, Hon Julius Pondi, Member National House Of Representatives, Chief Vero Emmauel and Tare Pondi for the chiefly advise which prioritize the oneness of the IJAW nation.
Thank you the leadership of Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) ably led by Shedrack Ebikeme, his team and every Gbaramatu/Ijaw youth, for the routing for peace and coordination you bring to the congress.
Once again, congratulations to the winners; most especially incoming 8th President of the Council, Comrade Peter Timothy Igbifa and its prospective executive and in addition, let us hold fast to the items germane to the Kaiama Declaration and hope that the future we are clamouring for be ours in no distance time.
God bless Gbaramatu Kingdom!!
God bless Ijaw Nation!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!
Ebikonde Victor Sokoto contributed this piece from Okerenkoko Federated Community