BY Kokobaiye Abeki
Initially, Boro’s Day celebration was an overseas event. The past administration of Mr. Timipre Sylva rotated the event between the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK). It was then viewed as an elitist event which attracted only the rich and government functionaries.
Overseas celebration of Boro resulted in capital flight and marginalisation and neglect of the family members of the hero. It also relegated to the background the significance of Kaiama, the hometown of Boro. In fact, it was regarded as a jamboree and a conduit to fritter the resources of the state.
But Governor Seriake Dickson in 2012 brought the celebration back home. He said “henceforth instead of taking the celebration to people in diaspora and foreigners, Boro event had been redesigned to lure people from other countries to Bayelsa and the Niger Delta region.
Therefore, this year’s celebration like the 2012 and 2013 episodes is a home affair.”
Governor Dickson and his team went and investigated and found the remains of Major Isaac Adaka Boro, forty-five years after he was buried at the Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos, exhumed it and brought it to join his kith kin in Ijaw Land.
No Governor in Bayelsa State has promoted or projected the image of Major Isaac Adaka Boro one, of the pioneers for minority rights activism in Nigeria more than Governor Seriake Adaka Dickson.
Let us honor this Prophet (Gov Dickson) at home. I rest my case
Kokobaiye Abeki (@abekikokos) is the Special Assistant to Bayelsa State Governor Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson on New Media.
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