PEACE IN NIGER DELTA RESOLVE BY IJAW TRADITIONAL RULERS, NOT MILITARY – GBARAMATU SPOKESPERSON REVEALS


Chief God’spower Gbenekama JP

URGES FG TO PARTNER PANDEF FOR PEACE IN N’ DELTA REGION

Spokeperson of Gbaramatu Traditional Council in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, Chief Godpower Gbenekama JP says peace currently enjoyed in the Niger Delta region is as a resolve of some respected Ijaw Traditional Rulers in the region as well as elders, Youths and other stakeholders across the entire region to maintain peace, law and order and not the military deployed to the region.

Chief Gbenekama revealed that the Pere of The Great Gbaramatu Kingdom His Royal Majesty Oboro Gbaraun 11 in 2016 to 2018 moved round length and breathe of Niger Delta States preaching peace and unity among people, even met with other traditional rulers telling the people the need for peace to be maintained in the region which they have imbibed at all levels.

He stressed that in order to achieve peace in Niger Delta the Great Gbaramatu Monarch Oboro Gbaraun 2 invited youths across Niger Delta States to Oporoza the Traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, where the youths assured that they will give peace a chance and took oath of peace which they have kept so far, adding that the federal government and International Oil companies operating in the area should work closely with traditional rulers in the region for more sustainable peaceful breakthrough among indigenous people and host companies operating in the Delta.

The Great Gbaramatu Kingdom Spokesman (Fiyewei) acknowledged the presence of security agents which will deter criminals from the area and appealed to military personnel drafted to the area to treat indigenes of the kingdom and others with dignity and decency like other Nigerians elsewhere, urging them not to be used to disenfranchise Gbaramatu people as they have re-mobilized to vote in their various communities as well as other Ijaw communities in the riverine areas, he accused the security agents for seizure of some passenger boats carrying people to go and vote last week before it was rescheduled, urged them not allow it happen again in order for citizens to exercise their civic rights.

He urged federal government to partner PANDEF in order to promote peace in Niger Delta as championed through the group, just as he commended youths, elders , chiefs and other stakeholders across the region for their commitment to peace in Niger Delta.

Chief Gbenekama posited that the Pere of Gbaramatu Oboro Gbaraun 11 has charged Gbaramatuans to come out enmasse to cast their ballot and shun any act that may give room to security agents for maltreatment of the people as they may have planned.

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2019 ELECTIONS: ACCEPT POLL RESULTS FOR PEACE, MULADE TELLS CANDIDATES | MainNews.Blog


By, Francis Tayor, Abuja

SAYS POLITICIANS MUST NOT SET THE NATION ABLAZE BECAUSE OF FOUR YEARS OF POWER.

A Niger Delta based human rights and peace advocate,Comrade Sheriff Mulade has called on candidates for 2019 general elections to display and show maturity by accepting the outcome of the polls for peace and to grow our democracy.

Comrade Mulade who is also the National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, (CEPEJ) while speaking to newsmen in Abuja implored all Candidates for the 2019 general elections to allow peace to reign before, during and after the election, urging electorate to turn out en-mass and vote for candidate of their choice.

The renowned activist said that; ” It is pertinent to state that the world is watching us and we must do everything humanly possible to conduct free,fair,credible and peaceful elections.All eyes are on us and we must show good example by accepting the outcome of elections.There should be no violence and we must not set our Nation ablaze because of four years of power “.

“I want to strongly appeal to all Candidates to show sportsmanship by embracing winners and support them but anyone who noticed irregularities should seek peaceful redress in the court of law”,he added.

BREAKING!!! Democracy Has the Chance to Flourish in Nigeria – Buhari


The President Muhammadu Buhari has said that democracy has the chance to flourish in Nigeria if citizens could maintain a combination of patience, tolerance, compassion, diligence, wisdom and hope.

Speaking to the nation in a television and radio broadcast on Friday, the President warned that though democracy is the most beneficial way to select national leaders, it is neither easy to achieve nor maintain.

Buhari said, “While democracy is the most beneficial way to select a nation’s leaders, it is far from the easiest thing to achieve and maintain.

“It requires a combination of patience, tolerance, compassion, diligence, wisdom and hope. These traits exist in us the Nigerian people. Because of whom we are, democracy has the chance to flourish in this land.”

Commending Nigerians for their commitment to the 2019 general elections as rescheduled, Buhari said, “Thus, I commend all of you for your patience and peaceful conduct so far during this electoral season and especially during this intervening week following the postponement of the February 16 elections.

JUST IN!!! CEPEJ Launches Y-SDG Club in Abuja | MainNews.Blog


The Center for Peace and Environmental Justice CEPEJ has launched the Youth Sustainable Development Goals (Y-SDG) at Val De Mauris Academy, Life Camp District, Abuja.

CEPEJ is a non governmental organisation, NGO passionate about education and committed to fulfilling the sustainable development goals, SDGs, one goal at a time.

The NGO’s National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, CEO,, Comrade Sheriff Mulade who was represented by the Programs Manager, Abuja Office, Amadu Nafisat stated that the general principle of the Peace and Environment Club, PEC was aimed at bringing about a change in awareness and patterns of thought that will lead to transformation in the behaviour of young people. According to him, this would result in young people imbibing values of mutual respect, fairness, teamwork, discipline and tolerance for others, which will in turn create a society that regards peace and environmental best practices as a philosophy, a chosen value, a norm and a way of life.

Golden Good Shepherd Schools and Star Gate Excellence International Schools, Kubwa, Abuja attended the pilot stage of the awareness campaign as the Centre believes that youths are the leaders of tomorrow.

The event was well attended by the Director of the Universal Basic Education, UBE, a representative of the SSA to the President on SDGs, government parastatals and other non-governmental organizations amongst others, that are specially positioned to contribute to the achievement of the UN SDGs.

The event was climaxed by the award of certificates to the National Coordinator as the National Advisor for the Y-SDG Club in Nigeria. The Management of both schools expressed their profound gratitude to CEPEJ for the sponsorship, adding that arrangements were on towards setting up a club to mark their affiliations with CEPEJ.

IJaw Youth Council (IYC) Condemns The Looting Of The Centre, By Those Enemies Of The Ijaw Nation At The “Iconic Boro Town”


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.

Signed

Daniel Dasimaka
National Spokesman
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide

Don’t engage in any unholy activity to disturb electoral process- Prince Sony Jifas Ogbon


OGONI – OLOMU , AS Nigerians get ready for general elections tomorrow Saturday, Hon.Prince Sony Jifas Ogbon aka the youth political giant has urged all youths of the revered Kingdom ( Olomu ) not to engage in any activity that is unholy to successful electoral process tomorrow.

Prince Sony jifas made the call at his country home during a massive gathering with all Olomu kingdom youths. That the youths should gamble with their lives but try to be responsive in any thing they do, charges the youth on violent free.

According to him, “this election involves all of us, we are concerned just like every Nigerian for the best person to emerge and our members should not be seen engaging in action that is illegal in any way or actions that will mar the success of the elections. I’m

“Olomu kingdom youths are law-abiding, most of us are adults who are qualified to vote, some of our members are contesting in the elections; we should go out on the days of the elections, cast our votes as expected for the People’s Democratic party , pdp, 5/5 and watch the process,” he said.

Speakers Chief Erete moses Ekawor, Engr Kingsley Egben, Comr. Kk

He added: “we should not be involved in any act of thuggery or be seen to be engaging in anything that is illegal.

“I want to also appeal to leaders including those who are contesting in the elections to avoid influencing our able youths in election malpractices anyone who is caught doing such would face the wrath of the law; we desire a successful, peaceful, free and fair elections where the all PDP candidates would emerge ,” prince sony said while commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state for engaging in issue-based campaigns.

“our governor, Senator Okowa has displayed an exemplary style of campaign and we can confidently say that we, the members of pdp are greatful of his campaign style which involves commissioning of roads, in every part of Delta State – yes. our governor is commissioning road projects and we must commend him for his actions.