By, Nigbeke Perekontei West, Kaiama
The attention of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has been sadly drawn to the most unfortunate looting of the Vocational Training Centre established by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Deltans and Coordinator Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Program at Boro Town, Kaiama, Bayelsa State by suspected hoodlums.
Accordingly, “We have struggled with the best way to respond to this wholesale display of shamelessness without appearing to demarket the Ijaw Nation we sign-up and swore to defend and protect at all times”.
Nonetheless, It has become very obvious that not only would any continued silence from the Council(no matter how well intentioned) justifiably appear conspiratorial but may also embolden other would-be bandits to misread same for support or encouragement to engage in utterly condemnable odious actions like the Boro Town orgy of looting.
Having established the foundation for our hesitation hitherto to speak(even before getting adequate facts on this matter), the IYC hereby unequivocally condemn the looting of the Centre by those enemies of the Ijaw Nation at the iconic Boro Town.
We in the IYC are most appalled that something this unholy and disgraceful could happen in our Holy Land and birth place Kaiama. Kaiama is not only the birthplace of the IYC and venue of our famous Kaiama Declaration of 1998, It is the hometown of the icon of our collective struggle, the late Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro and his only surviving Comrade-in-arms who fought side by side with with him before, during and after the glorious 12 Days Revolution in 1966, the revered Captain Owonaro.
Worse still we are pained by the fact that, that barbaric action took place in a town dreamed up by the great Chief Melford Okilo to honour Boro. This town is a project the IYC and every concerned Ijaw would love to see developed to enviable heights and not be associated in anyway with negative news like this shocking looting spree.
Besides the negative spiritual and cultural significance of this broad daylight robbery, it has also denied many delegates of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Program their opportunity to be empowered and made productive citizens of the Niger Delta, contributing to the economy.
More so, this wickedness would further stress the already underfunded and heavily stressed Presidential Amnesty Office as they would now have to look for ways to replace these items.
Against the backdrop of the foregoing, the IYC is therefore calling on the security agencies to investigate those behind this primitive action and bring them to justice.
We also pledge to support the Amnesty office and the security agencies in anyway necessary and possibly to resolve this ugly situation.
Thanks for your time.
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide