Thousands of Ijaw people yesterday celebrated the birthday of late Ijaw freedom fighter, Isaac Adaka Boro, marching through some streets of Port Harcourt in honour of the late icon.
They also used the opportunity to endorse Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term, based on the works he has done for the people of the state and the Ijaw. Speaking on behalf of the group, Niger Delta activist, Ann-Kio Briggs, said that Wike deserved another term in office to consolidate on the gains of his first term.
She said: “As Ijaws in Rivers State, these four years that you have done, we want to say that the next four years, because of the work you have done in terms of protecting the people of Niger Delta, it is okay for you to run for four more years.
“As we give this support, you should bear in mind that we also will want to come and govern Rivers State after that”. Prominent Ijaw Leader, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, urged all other Niger Delta leaders to follow the footsteps of Boro, who promoted the interest of the people.
He called for the unity between the South-East and South-South regions of the country, and advised the people of the area never to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to rig elections in the Niger Delta. Responding, Wike declared that he would continue to protect the interests of the people of the state and the Niger Delta, just as he stressed that no level of intimidation from the “failed APC Federal Government” would compel him to abandon the worthy cause of developing the area.
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