Gbaramatu: A People In The Race Of A United And Prosperous Ijaw Nation__By Engr. Ebikonde Victor Sokoto


Yesterday, the Gbaramatu Kingdom has once and again affirmed its leadership role in achieving self-reliance for the IJAW Nation by organizing one of the most peaceful and innovative elections in the history of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) since inception.

This act stamps the Kingdom’s commitment to the ‘1998 Kaiama Declaration.’
The election have been commended by various quarters as the most credible and organized election speaking directly to the root causes of the conflicts that plagued the performance of the Council for years and functionality in achieving its objectives.

No more factions. ‘IYC Congress Oporoza 2020’ will go down memory lane as the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The issues that have held back our shared interest in fighting for a stronger and prosperous IJAW Nation have been laid to rest in Oporoza on the Sunday 19th July, 2020.

It will be a day worthy of commemoration sequel to emancipation walk of our great hero Major Gen. Jasper Adaka Boro.
I wish to salute the moral will and courage of all the entire aspirants for sharing in the pursuit of a better IJAW Nation.

I believe that the works we do will not stop at the campaigns. To the winners; congratulations for the mandate you have been entrusted. Let your actions/impact be good as the elections result.

IYC is not a political organization. It is the strength of the IJAW nation. It is the vehicle to a country which a people will be proud to call theirs. Innovation and deep consultation with key stakeholders/intellectuals is critical to achieving these underlying objectives of the organization.

Address the issue of social injustice and underdevelopment. Wage a good fight and bring our people hope and progress.
I wish to also use this medium to congratulate one of Gbaramatu finest, the youngest aspirant in the race for the IYC Secretariat, Comr. Godswill Doubra Wuruyai.

Comrade, I commend the audacity of your purpose and the clarity of the vision for the IJAW Nation. Your passion is contagious. Your intellectual capacity is second to none.

You represent the best of your generation. I have no doubt the future holds greater prospects for us all. It can only get better. You remain a true inspiration to the Gbaramatu child and we are proud of your works, you have done us well.

Thanks to Jakes Abai @gbaramatuvoice for always standing as the pan-Niger Delta Newspaper of choice. Thank you for the exclusive coverage.

We are most grateful to our father; His Imperial Majesty, Pere Williams N.S. Ogoba, Oboro Gbaraun II, Agadagba, The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom for the fatherly counsel and prayers that lead to the massive success of the congress.

The support of the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs is well appreciated. Thank you for your investment of time and resources and every supports you provided.

Thank you; High Chief Engr. Kestin Pondi, High Chief Dan Ekpebide, High Chief Dennis Otuaro, Hon. GUWOR Emomotimi Dennis, member representing Warri South West State Constituency, High Chief Komiyefa Uduboh, Chief Ebimobowei Oguma, Hon Julius Pondi, Member National House Of Representatives , Chief Vero Emmauel and Tare Pondi for the chiefly advise which prioritize the oneness of the IJAW nation.

Thank you the leadership of Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) ably led by Shedrack Ebikeme, his team and every Gbaramatu/IJAW youth for the routing for peace and coordination you bring to the congress.

Once again, congratulations to the winners; most especially incoming 8th President of the Council, Comrade Peter Timothy Igbifa and its prospective executive and in addition let us hold fast to the items germane to the Kaiama Declaration and hope that the future we are been clamouring for be ours in no distance time.

God bless Gbaramatu Kingdom!

God bless IJAW Nation!!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

My name is Ebikonde Victor Sokoto, writing from Okerenkoko Federated Community.

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