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Isaac Boro Day: Criticisms Trail Attack On Shops By Ijaw Youths

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  Yenagoa

Criticism is trailing the recent attack on shops and other business enterprises in Yenagoa and its environs by youths suspected to be members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) during the celebration of this year’s Isaac Boro Day in Bayelsa State.

Investigation showed that this was the second time in two years that IYC members would target mobile phone and ICT gadgets’ shops, fast food joints, provision stores and supermarkets, among others, under the guise of enforcing the closure of businesses in Yenagoa during Boro Day celebration.

In 2014, some youth broke into the shops and removed GSM handsets of various makes and sizes and also carted away packaged foods over the refusal of the operators, who are mostly of Ibo extraction, to heed a call to close shop for the day.

Condemning the action of the Ijaw youths at ‘An Evening With Isaac Boro’ organised by Timi Orus Foundation in Yenagoa, the Chief Executive Officer, Timi Orus, said the youths were not keeping with the ideals of the late Boro.

He pledged to build a conference hall at Boro’s hometown, Kaiama, for next year’s celebration, adding that he would also continue to sponsor the annual event.

Orus, however, asked for about 10 plots of land for the project. Chairman of the occasion, Charles Ambaiowei, also condemned the attack on shops which according to him  IYC was carried out by misguided youths who are using the name of Boro to engage in criminality.

He used the occasion to question the disposition of Ijaw leaders towards helping their fellow Ijaw in line with Boro’s struggles and sacrifice for the betterment of the Ijaw  and the Niger Delta region in general.

Ambaiowei also questioned the outcome of the huge allocations that had accrued to Bayelsa State and expressed dismay that what was on ground was not a reflection of the state’s earnings from the Federation Account over the years.

In a solidarity message, brother to the late Ijaw freedom fighter, David Jasper Boro, appealed to those using his brother’s celebration to attack shops and deprive innocent shop owners of their goods to desist forthwith.

He said it was not enough for people to call for change of government in the state, stressing that  there had been several governments and each one had its own mistakes  and that change of attitude was the only panacea.

Boro also criticised the frequent call to arms by militant youths arguing that the days of such armed struggle were over and that what was needed was education that would enable them to articulate a way forward.

While explaining that his late brother carried arms as it was appropriate at that time,  he warned the youths that engaging in armed conflict will only result in the destruction of the society.