Opinion – Exactly eight years ago this month scores of Ijaw youths met at Kaiama, the hometown of the late Isaac Idaka Boro, the Ijaw warrior. On December 11, , 5, Ijaw people representing over 40 Ijaw clans, chose the town of Kaiama to articulate their aspirations for the Ijaw people, and to . But it s having a running battle with security agents over a planned meeting of Ijaw youths worldwide, today, on the Kaiama Declaration.
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Under intense pressure iaiama the controllers of state power and the corporations some nearly sold their Ijawness for some ridiculous recognition. Even in the area of environmental degradation and pollution afflicting our communities as declaratiin result of crude oil exploration and exploitation, an area in which significant redress can be achieved by way of legislative initiatives at the various State Houses of Assemblies, we declqration not aware of any bill that was sought to tackle these problems.
Gone are the days of Father Christmas of that distant, disinterested and corrupt federal dictatorship. Ijaw people depended on the environment for virtually everything: For me whatever action they carried out in Rivers state is like mutiny.
He can even shoot his own brother before he realises that the target is a friendly target. AllAfrica publishes around reports a day from more than news organizations and over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity of kalama on every topic.
There is no historical precedent where an unorganized army has akiama won any battle, not to talk of winning the war. And in the course of calling the elders and leaders of the Niger-Delta, the Ijaw Youth Leaders Forum was also invited and we made it very clear why we pulled out. Despite these huge contributions, our reward from the Nigerian State remains avoidable deaths resulting from ecological devastation and military repression.
Coupled with the criminal neglect and failure of the Nigerian state to provide necessary infrastructural facilities in our communities, the daily existence of our people have become kaiaja, leading to a state of despondency and a collective sense of doubt in our ability to sustain ourselves. We reject the present kaiqma to civil rule programme of the Abubakar regime, as it is not preceded by restructuring of the Nigerian federation.
Retrieved 4 June Extensive state-government sponsored overseas scholarship programs in the s and s have also led to a significant presence of Ijaw professionals in Europe, smoke-dried fish, timber, palm oil and palm kernels are processed for export.
We said government was playing double standard, it was negotiating with us on one hand declaratiob instructing the army on the other hand to destroy our communities and that was the reason why we pulled out declarration went home for them to come and destroy us. A candid and meaningful dialogue, therefore, becomes imperative in this forum if we are to achieve the goal of unity and progress that have been elusive for long. Conference affirmed therefore, that the military are incapable of enthroning true democracy in Nigeria.
We are tired of gas flaring; oil spillages, blowouts and being labelled saboteurs and terrorists. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
We reject this labelling.
Other related Ijaw subgroups which have distinct languages but very close kinship, cultural and territorial ties with the rest of the Ijaw are the Epie-Atissa, Engenni and these groups speak Delta Edoid languages.
The cornerstone of this policy should be focused on grassroots socio-economic mobilization.
Security alert as Ijaw youths revisit Kaiama declaration
You have no other true home but that which is in Ijawland. If we support policies that inherently pose a threat to our very existence as a people, we are going along to get along, thus placing the right set of circumstances to lose the battles and the war. Nevertheless we are gathered here today to dialogue, engage in serious self-introspection, mend fences, consider declagation back to the drawing board, and above all get organized.
He also lamented that successive government at the federal level had not treated the issues concerning the Ijaws and indeed the Niger Delta with seriousness. However, there are those of the opinion that Isoko is a dialect of Urhobo, the Urhobo nation is made up of twenty four sub-groups, including Okpe the largest of all Urhobo sub-groups.
Ijaw nation berates FG over Kaiama Declaration
Being a maritime people, many Ijaws were employed in the merchant shipping sector in the early, with the advent of oil and gas exploration in their kaiaam, some are employed in that sector. Ambassador to Nigeria Howard F. It took its name from the Bight of Biafra, the Atlantic bay to its south, the inhabitants were mostly the Igbo people who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria.
Jaiama, who is also one of the signatories of the Kaiama Declaration said the federal government had never done anything in Kaiama Declaration since twenty years ago. This is the traditional Ijaw spirit.
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These communities have seen little benefit from the revenue derived from the export of around two million barrels of oil a day, and yet they have suffered the adverse consequences of oil production, including environmental degradation and the deployment of abusive army and police units.
Having identified our problems, future generations yet unborn will not forgive us, if we fail to act decisively to address and find lasting solutions to these problems. And the security agency is the Joint Task Force and they are doing everything possible to remain in the region because they are doing their business.
The traveling drama troupe performed in Kano, Benin Ilorin and Lagos and he briefly became a teaching assistant at the University of Lagos and later at University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
This code of conduct should also guide the nature of political activity within Ijawland with a primary goal of eliminating violence in our political activities and empowering the people.
He was spending close to N10 million organizing a peace programme at the time he was attacked. After dsclaration deliberations, the Conference observed: You have no other true home but that which is in Ijawland. Based on the foregoing, we, the youths of Ijawland, hereby declzration the following resolutions to be known as the Kaiama Declaration:.
At the time of the storm, Junger was recovering from a wound to the leg that he suffered while working as an arborist in the Boston area. He has to stand firm and stamp his position that the army must cease kaiaja.
Our future survival and relevance as a people depend on the quality of education given to the young generation. Ijaw youths and Peoples will promote the principle of peaceful coexistence between all Ijaw communities and with our immediate neighbours, despite the provocative and divisive actions of the Nigerian State, transnational oil companies and their contractors. They agreed to take control of their resources by any means possible even if it means arms struggle.
It is no news to all that there is a deliberate campaign of calumny by the majority groups in those states to illegally appropriate the lands and deny the rights of citizenship to our people. The Eastern region was very ill-equipped for war, out-manned and out-gunned by the military of the remainder of Nigeria and their advantages included fighting in their homeland and support of most South Easterners.
This particular Act set a time limit of Apriland defined sanctions for disobedience. The other major Ijaw linguistic group is Kalabari, Kalabari is considered an Eastern Ijaw language but the term Eastern Ijaw is not the normal nomenclature. It should be a public hearing, yesterday, it is the Kalabaris, today, it is the Okirikas kauama the architects of this problem are usually the Ikwerres in government.