By Victor Edighomor, Tenagoa
The 12 day revolution of Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro’s struggle for equity,ignited the consciousness of the Ijaw nation like never before, to the deplorable conditions of their communities, despite being home to major oil wells, responsible for over 80 percent of Nigeria’s internally generated revenue.
The celebrations, which kicks off every May 14, with week- long activities like wrestling, Reggae Love Boat,Owigiri(dance) competition, War Boat, ex- army men parade and a memorial lecture, with this year theme being ” Boro’s Vision For Izon-Ibe:The Bayelsa Perspectaive” etc, which was delivered by Prof.Steve Azaiki(member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma in the blue e chamber ) in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opukuma local government area of Bayelsa state.According to Engr.Preye Aganaba, one of the prominent Ijaw son’s who was represented at the Occasion,
“Boro’s legacy, remains a defining moment of self-realization in the history of the Ijaw nation.”
He said this through his representative at the event, Chief Ewen Isuoufagha.
Aganaba said, Isaac Adaka Boro’s sacrifce, courage and selflessness, constantly reminds the Ijaw nation, of the spirit of the struggle for equity, a struggle to improve the living standards of his impoverished people, through the agitation for resource control, which led to the declaration of the Niger Delta Republic, an armed insurrection which was crushed by the Nigerian army in a fierce battle which lasted for 12 days.
Prince Aganaba urged the modern day Niger Delta youths to emulate the patriotic enthusiasm inherent in Boro’s struggle for the emancipation of the Ijaw nation and the Niger Delta region, which was fundamentally selfless.
Speaking with the Chairman of the Boro festival organizing commitee, Chief Hon Victor Vianana, he commended the efforts of prominent Ijaw sons and daughters for their contributions to making this year’s event possible.
The former Kolokuma/Opukuma local government Chairman, specificaly mentioned Engr. Preye Aganaba, who he said was a sponsor of two major events, the Reggae Love Boat and the Owiegiri dancing competition.
He also praised the state government’s effort in deploying security operatives to ensure a violence free and peaceful celebrations in Kaiama.
Boro Day is usually celebrated on May 16, every year, to mark the commemoration of an iconic Ijaw freedom fighter, who pioneered the struggle for the emancipation of the Ijaw nation and who when pardoned for treason by the former head of state, Gen(rtd)Yakubu Gowon, later enlisted into the Nigerian army and died fighting in the Nigerian civil war.
Isaac Adaka Boro is many things to different people but a selfless hero to the Ijaw nation and people of the Niger Delta region.