The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP, Col. Milland Dixion Dikio, retd, has urged the Ijaw ethnic nationality to embrace unity and sustain the peace in the Niger Delta in honour of the late hero and icon of Ijaw struggle, Isaac Adaka Boro.
This is just as he urged all stakeholders in the region to come together and work for the development of the Niger Delta in the honour of Boro.
Dikio, who was speaking at the annual Boro’s Day Celebration in Yenagoa, the state capitql said the liberation Boro fought and died for could only be achieved through dialogue, lobbying, collaboration with others and working in unity.
According to the PAP boss, the rich endowments of the region could only attain the expectations of Boro if all stakeholders closed their ranks and worked in harmony, pointing out that Boro Day celebration provids another unique opportunity to imbibe some of the high values, virtues and principles associated with the late icon.
His words: “In honour of the cherished memory of our beloved hero today, I want to enjoin all of us to come together as a people, to work for the development and transformation of our region. We are a blessed people and we have what it takes to make our region live up to the expectations of Boro, only if we all agree to work together in unity and maintain the peace in our region.
“In his later days, Boro became known as a rebel with a cause which dovetailed into the armed struggle. We still believe in fighting for that which belongs to us but with an understanding that we are part of a federation with many moving parts. That means we need to adopt other strategies like dialogue, lobbying, collaboration and working in unity.
“This was one man who was ready to sacrifice, to see things get better. Boro was an inspiring leader. His brand of leadership was about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.
“Isaac Boro inspired different kinds of passion in different people. The one most people remember him for is his passion to see his people liberated.”
In her brief remark at the occasion, the daughter of the late Hero Dame Esther Boro said that Boro is in the hearth of all Ijaws and the Minorities who are oppressed, Marginalized and seek justice and equinity.
According to her “The Spirit of Isaac Adaka Boro, which make us continue to celebrate him year after year, is that of Great values, Humility, Contentment and Truth.
“That is what all of us must imbibe in our day to day living. It is Not about lies, deception pilfering or illegal accumulation of resources meant for the Commonwealth of our People.
“My father Never put up a Structure of his own, but today, there is No part of the Ijawland, we the Children don’t have a home, where we are always welcome. Isaac Adaka Boro has a Home everywhere.
“That indeed is a lasting Legacy. I therefore urge all Ijaw Sons and Daughters to be patriotic in the same spirit as our late Hero and father Isaac Adaka Boro in the Building and Preserving of the IjawNation.”
This is the first PAP coordinator that had celebrated and honoured the late freedom fighter, he was accompanied by the daughter of Isaac Boro Dame Esther Boro who is the Bayelsa state Liaison officer of the Programme and other top functionaries. .