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  • Updated: May 16, 2024

Fubara declares liberation of Rivers from dictators

Fubara declares liberation of Rivers from dictators

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has declared an ongoing campaign for the state's liberation, inviting all, including the Ijaw Nation, to partake in the commemoration.

The Governor issued this call on Thursday while addressing the national and state leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) during their solidarity march to the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The solidarity march was organized as part of the activities marking the heroic deeds of the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro, commemorated annually on May 16, 56 years after his demise.

Governor Fubara highlighted Major Isaac Adaka Boro's steadfast commitment to principles of equity, justice, and fair play, as he pursued the cause of liberation for the Ijaw people and their communities.

Governor Fubara expressed gratitude to the large gathering for their pledge to support and stand by him whenever necessary, reassuring them that the enemies of the state have already been vanquished.

He remarked, "Because he championed such a noble cause, even in death, we continue to honor him as a liberator.

"Every Rivers indigene, regardless of ethnic background, must uphold the spirit of liberation."

"And I'm happy that you have come here today. I have also received you because we have one common purpose: to liberate our dear state. We are not going back on that."

The Governor went on: "I am happy that you've told me this morning that when I call on you, you will respond. But there is nothing to call on you for. Because we have already defeated them.

"By the special grace of God, what they thought that they would have done to us while we were celebrating our one year in office, they are the ones sleeping with their two eyes open. It shows that we have the Ijaw blood. And what is that blood: it is the blood of action; less talk, more action."

He appealed to Ijaw youths to conduct themselves peacefully as they celebrate the Major Isaac Adaka Boro Day, and also be good ambassadors of the entire Ijaw Nation.

He emphasised that it should be done in the same spirit that had enveloped the state now celebrating victory over his political detractors promising to support the IYC Eastern Zone to have a befitting Secretariat in Rivers State.

In his speech, the National President of IYC, Mr Jonathan Lokpobiri, described the day as historic because Ijaw people were meeting with their Governor on Major Isaac Adaka Boro Day of memorial.

Mr Lokpobiri said it affirms that the gods of Ijaw people are at work, and warned all detractors to retrace their steps, and allow the Governor, who has the full mandate of the people, to discharge his duties to Rivers people.

He commended Governor Fubara for his courage, bravery and commitment to good governance, insisting that his struggle and triumph resonates with the hope of all Ijaw people.

On his part, Chairman of IYC, Eastern Zone, Mr Tamuno Kpokpo, clarified that their visit is not to signify an ethnic war but to lend support in protection of the interest and continuous development of Rivers State.

Mr Kpokpo said IYC will stand to resist anybody or group of persons anywhere who dare to cause any distraction of governance anymore in the State, and appealed that the Governor be allowed to govern the State peacefully.

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