By, Francis Tayor – Benin
The Worldwide President of Ijaw Peoples Pevelopment Initiative IPDI, Comrade Ozobo Austin has apologized to HRM, Pere Godwin Ogunoyibo ,the Alagbabunafa lll, Agadagba of Olodiama kingdom over his inability to accept the Chieftaincy conferred on him at his one year coronation anniversary celebration held at Ikoro ,the traditional headquarters of Olodiama kingdom on the 14th Nov, 2018.
The activist was designated to be conferred with a Chieftaincy by the paramount ruler of Olodiama kingdom as part of recognition for his active contributions and participation of the liberational struggle of Edo Ijaw People. He has been a strong voice over time to see that Edo Ijaws are not intimidated.
But surprisely, he did not accept it after been called to stage at the ceremony, a development that was not too pleasant with his friends and wellwishers.
Meantime, while contacted by SPOTPOINT news correspondent, he apologized to the Olodiama Kingdom and aggrieved friends for not accepting the offer. He thank the Pere Alagbabunafa lll for the recognition.
Ozobo further explained ” As active participant of the struggle, it is not yet time to celebrate tittle. I can not celebrate tittle now when much as not been achieved in the struggle of the total liberation of Edo Ijaws. I will be happy to celebrate tittle when I see progress in the struggle or seeing my people liberated”
He asserted further “There is much to be done than celebrating tittle now. As for me, I want to celebrate my traditional rulers in Edo state been presented with staff of office. I want to celebrate Edo Ijaw oil producing communities been recognized in EDOSOPADEC. I want to celebrate Ijaw having a commissioner in the board of EDOSOPADEC”
“I want to first and foremost celebrate drinkable water, good health centres, good school, and good roads linking Ijaw communities in Edo state. I want to celebrate Edo Ijaws been appointed into the cabinet of Edo state government. I want to celebrate Ijaw people been liberated from discrimination of Benin people and security agencies in Edo state, then I would be very happy to celebrate tittle.
The activist further added that celebrating tittle now will derail him from the struggle. “It will make me to be more responsible than been radical. The struggle needs radical people and not comfortable people. Celebrating tittle should be the last thing I should do if we are very serious about the liberational struggle of Edo Ijaws”
While appealing to Olodiama people, he said he remains an active son of Olodiama kingdom whether bearing tittle or not, and that he will give every necessary support to the kingdom at all times.