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Alamieseigha’s Home Call

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Posted: May 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


William Bozimo

There comes a time in the life of a people long trampled upon by successive internal oppressors and colonizers who suddenly woke up from their seeming slumber to defend their rights and stood firmly never again to succumb to endless oppression.

It has been a long winter for the people of the Niger Delta, particularly, the Izon ethnic nationality.

As a minority group, and presumably the fourth largest group in Nigeria, spanning the coastal reaches from Ondo, through Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, the first signs of rebellion was sown by the late Major Adaka Isaac Boro from Kaiama in the then Eastern region. A police Inspector, he later became an undergraduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, founded by the inimitable ‘Zik of Africa’ and Owelle of Onitsha.

Conscripted into the Federal Army, Adaka Boro now saw an opportunity to liberate his people from the oppressors. By the time the last bullets flied across the Niger Delta mangrove swamps, Adaka  Boro, was one of the casualties of the  Nigerian Civil War. The rest is now history. Adaka Boro fought but he did not reach the promised El Dorado he had always dreamed in Izon land led by his people.

On Boro’s flight of fancy, another Izon son in DSP Alamieyeseigha, alias ‘ALAMSCO’ and the first elected civilian ‘Governor General’ of Izon Nation emerged on the political scene as the first  Governor of Bayelsa state, a predominantly homogenous Izon state- floating on top of Gas and Crude oil. He decided to give himself the grandiose title ‘Governor- General’ of the Izon Nation.

For ‘Alamsco’, every Izon son or daughter was a proud inheritor of Bayelsa state and all the wealth therein should be the collective patrimony of his people. An Izon patriot to the core and his entire being and personality exuded this all consuming passion to make the Izon man a worthy citizen of Nigeria.

As the pioneer Governor of Bayelsa State on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, DSP ALAMSCO was also instrumental in co- founding the popular Resource Control cry with his bosom friend and fellow Governor of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, and this progressive corridor along the oil producing states of the Niger Delta somehow drove fears into the minds of the perpetual oppressors of the people, who they accuse of fomenting the shrill cries of Resource Control.

Unknown to the twosome- Ibori and Alamieyeseigha, the two young governors and patriots of the oil producing Belt and Wetland were determined to bring into fruition the desire to force the Federal government to implement the basic and fundamental fiscal federalism, whereby, States with resources could mine their resources exclusively and later pay some taxes to the Federal purse.

The movement scared the souls out of the federal might, then under President Olusegun Obasanjo as civilian head of state. Gradually they tightened the noose around the necks of the twosome Resource control Governors and set booby traps for them.

Most of their troubles had their origin from their cat- calls for Resource Control. While Governor Ibori who was looking forward to his second term as Governor in Delta state, they wove a mysterious and almost phoney charge of the ‘Ex- Convict’ saga around him. He fought through the courts and the judicial system and was cleared by the Supreme Court.

And the Alamsco case was another linked with the so -called money laundering accusations while he was in London but eventually, he returned miraculously home to his State. An impeachment ploy was organized against him, as the Bayelsa  State House of Assembly members were ferried to Lagos or Abuja under the  orchestration of Malam Nuhu Ribadu, as EFCC boss . Before Alamieyeseigha’s arrival, there was air, land and sea blockade surveillance by security forces to pick him up. He was tried in Lagos and later kept in prison by the Federal government.

As the ‘gods’ of the Izon Nation would have it, Alamsco’s former Deputy Governor, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan , was picked  to run Bayelsa State in the interim.

In 2007, the PDP under President Olusegun Obasanjo had schemed to install Musa Yar’Dua, the younger brother to Shehu Musa as the Presidential Candidate and equally drafted Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to be his Vice Presidential candidate.

Alas, after years of being hunted by the London Metropolitan police for an un- finished money laundering case, suddenly came up under the Buhari dispensation and for vigorously supporting the PDP candidate in Henry Seriake Dickson for Governorship of Bayelsa State, his political enemies now reopened the floodgate of the money  laundering case.

Caught between the devil and the sea and for a man who had been receiving treatment for Blood Pressure and Diabetes, he once again made a quick trip to Dubai when news reached him that the London Police were about asking for his extradition to come over and answer to charges of money laundering. These were stories that were trending in the local and the internet media.

At last, the first Governor General of the Izon ethnic Nationality died and had been buried amongst his kith and kin, weeping and crying profusely asking for the umpteenth time ‘when comes such another governor general of the izon nation.’  The incumbent Governor Dickson had already assumed the mantle of leadership and justifiably been given the toga of the Second Governor General of Izon Nation.

During his burial, his bosom friend and co Resource Control mobilizer, Chief James Ibori, wrote from his London abode a moving tribute to his friend who was misunderstood for the alleged crimes he was accused of committing. He said Alamsco, in the fullness of time would be proved innocent. May his soul rest in peace. And from me, sleep well in the bosom of the Lord, for bringing dignity to the Izon Ethnic Nationality and for following the legacy of the Adaka Boro legacy.