As the exhumed body of one of Nigeria’s pioneer minority rights activist, late Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro is interred at the Ijaw Heroes Park, Yenagoa, on Sunday, June 1, 2014, Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson Friday has implored Ijaw youths to imbibe the ideals of selfless service, which defined Isaac Boro’s life and struggle.
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo, the Speaker described the 12-day revolution, which culminated in the declaration of the then Niger Delta Republic on February 23, 1966, as an indelible statement on the economic emancipation of the Niger Delta region.
He enjoined Ijaw youths to emulate Boro’s passion for education, saying that the memories of Boro’s struggle would only make meaning, when the youths of the Niger Delta region give priority attention to intellectual capacity through education.
Rt. Hon. Benson Friday commended Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for taking steps to immortalise Isaac Boro, eiterating that the elaborate reburial event of the late soldier and Ijaw icon, at the Ijaw heroes’ park, last Sunday, speaks volumes of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson’s passion for the Ijaw nation, pointing out that late Major Boro stood for justice, equity and the liberation of the Ijaw nation from oppression.
The number one lawmaker in the state, who thanked the visiting son of America’s civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. III, among several rights activists and dignitaries from across the country and beyond, also applauded Elder statesman and Ijaw national leader, E. K. Clark for his selfless service to Ijaw nation.
He maintained that the establishment of a world-class research institute in honour of late Major Isaac Boro, the acquisition of his family house as a historical monument and the construction of the Adaka Boro Resource Centre in Kaiama, among other efforts to immortalise the Ijaw martyr, were unparalleled.