OPOROZA -The paramount ruler of Gbaramatu kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe Agadagba have warned Ijaw Sons and Daughters to henceforth desist from further betraying the Ijaw course.
The traditional ruler gave the warning yesterday (22/07/2017) at Oporoza, the traditional headquarter of Gbaramatu kingdom while addressing the mammoth Ijaw crowd that turned out for the 2017 Amaseikumor festival.
According to him, dire consequences awaits anyone that refuses to have a change of mindset of betraying his people, adding that a covenant has been reached by Kings of Ijawland on behalf of all her subjects.
Oboro Gbaraun II, condemned betraying as evil and not part of the true Ijaw culture, stressing that over the years, it has caused more harm than good in the entire Ijaw nation.
He particularly expressed his concern for the Ijaw nation, emphasising that the Ijaw nation could not grow within the past years because of the such betraying games that have become so worrisome in the land.
In his words : “My today message is simple, the entire Ijaw nation is one and we should continue to be one, in this direction, I have seen that a culture that has never been part of us as Ijaw people seems to have been eating us negatively and that is betraying, we should henceforth desist from such habit, it has done us more harm than good, it is alien and should be condemned ” The Pere noted.
Speaking on the significance of Amaseikumor festival, he reveals that the feast is celebrated once in every year to open doors of prosperity, alleging that the festival represents peace, protection, prosperity in the Kingdom, development of all Kings and anything that has positivity.
The King further prayed for the large crowd that turned out for the mega feast to continue to prosper as they departs to their various communities.
The festival has alot of other sights of cultural attraction like the beautifully decorated Amaseikumor masquerade who seats down with a sense of royalty as his people files out in large numbers to identify with the masquerade.
Another very interesting masquerade was featured in a black attire who has a broom in his hand, sweeping the entire arena while Amaseikumor seat’s down.
When asked about the significance of such event, it was learnt that the sweeping means cleansing of the land from any evil that may have been planted and, therefore ushering in progress.
Gbaramatu Voice Newspaper observed that there was a wrestling challenge between Ijaw wrestling champions; Opukiri Agala, Ekerekeme and their supporters to spice up the event, the champions wrestling ended in a draw between Opukiri and Ekerekeme.
Different cultural troupes where at the Royal pavilion to entertain the audience in their own unique styles while a fast growing Ijaw musician, Mr.Kingsley Takembo thrilled the audience to maximum satisfaction.
Traditional rulers that was present on the cultural carnival includes: His Royal Majesty, Augustine Ebikeme, Pere of Oporomo Kingdom, Bayelsa State; His Royal Majesty, Joel Ebani, Pere of Iduwini Kingdom, Bayelsa State and His Royal Majesty, Gbebokedi Ajirioba, Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom, Ondo State.
Other dignitaries were, Rt. Hon. Julius G. Pondi, member representing Burutu Federal constituency in the Federal House of representative, former Niger Delta agitators, Chiefs across Ijaw lands, activists, community leaders with the host of others too numerous to mention.