The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixion Dikio, 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.
Speaking at the Boro Day celebration in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Sunday, Dikio, said the liberation Boro fought and died for could only be achieved through dialogue, lobbying, collaboration with others and working in unity.
He said in the honour of Boro, all stakeholders in the region must come together and work for the development of the Niger Delta.
Dikio insisted that with its rich endowments, the region could only attain the expectations of Boro if all stakeholders closed their ranks and worked in harmony.
He said: “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.
“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”.
He said Boro Day celebration provided another unique opportunity to imbibe some of the high values, virtues and principles associated with the late icon.
He noted that Boro was known to be passionate about doing things well and excellently adding that the late Ijaw hero believed any thing was possible regardless of the circumstances.
“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”, he said.