Diete-Spiff, Horsfall Advocate Better Deal For Ijaws …As Group Honours Jonathan, Others


The first Military Governor of Old Rivers State and Amanyanabo of Twon Brass in Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, has advocated a better deal for the Ijaw nation as they have contributed enough for the country.
King Diete-Spiff, who made the assertion at the 2nd Heroes of Ijaw Nations Award Night organised by the Ijaw Republican Assembly (Patriotic Front) in conjunction with Ijaw Media Action Initiative, held at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, last Saturday said the call became necessary because the people had been marginalised for so long in spite of the efforts to nation building.
He noted that time had come for all sons and daughters of Ijaw to wake-up and demand for their right as they deserved a better treatment.
The traditional ruler who was among those honoured with Life Time Award said the Ijaw nation had come of age and therefore should take their destiny in their hands, also thanked the organisers of the programme for their initiative and for the honour bestowed on some deserving illustrious sons and daughters of Ijaw, saying it is worthy.
He also lauded Amaopusenibo Bobo Sofiri Brown for his taught provoking lecture titled “Dreams of Gold”, and described him as an orator.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Albert Horsfall, called on all Ijaws to wake-up as it was time for them to stop sleep-walking, pointing out that due to their lukewarm attitude successive governments and administrations have been trampling over their right.
Chief Horsfall lamented that the Ijaws were being denied the right to own oil blocks in the area and further reminded them of a song by the Late Highlife King, Rex Jim Lawson, who said it is time to wake-up as they have been sleeping for so long.
He frowned that Ijaw sons and daughters in Niger Delta had less than three percent in a list of persons to benefit from a new oil blocks allocation in the country, pointing out that it is a pity that they were even denied their right in their own territory.
Earlier, the President of Ijaw Republican Assembly (Patriotic Front), Alatubo Charles Harry, said it was their contribution to celebrate, recognise and applaud illustrious sons and daughters of Ijaw nation for their services and contributions to the society, describing the Ijaws as great people and great nation.