By Elo Edremoda, Warri
To foster peace, unity and improvement throughout the Ijaw ethnic nationality and its neighbours within the Niger Delta area, a week-long non secular cleaning of the communities was concluded on the weekend in Oporoza, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdome, Warri South West council space of Delta state.
The ceremony, which noticed hundreds of Ijaw individuals from Delta, Bayelsa, Edo and Ondo states, was tagged ‘Gbaraun-Egbesu, Ibolomibo-Ere and Amaseikumor annual competition’.
It was presided over by the Chief Monks from the varied Niger Delta communities led by Excessive Chief Authorities Ekpemukpolo a.ok.a. Tompolo, the non secular custodian of the Egbesu shrine in Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom.
Tompolo is the previous chief of the defunct Motion for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
The chief host and conventional ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun Il, Aketekpe, Agadagba, mentioned Amaseikumor Competition is a “collection of non secular cleaning actions meant to purify the Kingdom and your complete Ijaw nation of evil, detrimental to the event of her individuals.
“It is a competition celebrated to entrench the character of peaceable coexistence and foster unity amongst members of the Kingdom, Ijaw nation and her neighbours throughout the Nigerian polity. This explains the large attendance of the competition yearly by individuals from cross varied tribes”.
Lamenting the rising insecurity within the area, the monarch tasked the varied Niger Delta Governors, as Chief safety officers of the states, to place measures in place to curb the inflow of bandits into the area.
Noting that the speed of crime has develop into worrisome, he charged each Niger Deltan in addition to residents, to “do their bits” to make sure security of lives and properties.
Gbaraun ll known as for quick passage and assent of the Nigerian Maritime College, Okerenkoko, invoice into legislation, noting that the sluggish course of has “stifled nice advantages derivable” from the establishment.
“Consequently, the college just isn’t funded and the required infrastructural improvement on the everlasting website stopped,” he added.
He additionally known as for the relocation of the NIMASA dock/ship constructing yard from Lagos to Okerenkoko, its unique website the place job has already commenced and fee of the judgement debt sum of N100billion in Swimsuit No.FHC/ASA/CS/139/2009 Chief Nelson Ogekegbanwei & 52 Ors. Vs. Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Whereas noting the Ijaws of Gbaramatu Kingdom are peaceable, enterprising and desirous of improvement, the monarch emphasised that they (Ijaws), nonetheless, “detest oppression, slavery and injustice.
He assured of sustained peace within the Niger Delta Area if authorities can hold its personal aspect of the obligations, stressing that “peace and unity in a single kingdom is the muse block for peace in your complete nation.
“Nigeria is presently in dire want of safety, peace and unity. Whereas we’re doing our bit in Gbaramatu Kingdom to make sure peace and unity, we implore governments in any respect ranges to make use of proactive and productive measures well timed to curb the escalating spate of insecurity throughout the nation.
“The safety threats are actual and shouldn’t be politicized however addressed appropriately. There can’t be peace and unity in a state of disaster and insecurity, simply as there can’t be any significant improvement in any type within the absence of peace and unity.
One of many celebrants of the feast, Hon. McDonald Igbafiwei, the standard Prime Minister of Gbaraun and member of the Bayelsa Home of Meeting representing Southern Ijaw Constituency, decried “the continued neglect” of the Niger Delta area, urging the Federal Authorities to evaluation the ugly pattern with out additional delay.
Others urged the authorities, significantly the Federal Authorities to “take discover of the peculiar issues of the Ijaws of the Niger Delta and create enduring peace for the individuals, in order that improvement can come to the Area”.
The competition noticed a wealthy cultural show of the Gbaramatu individuals and climaxed with the looks of the Amaseikumor masquerade.