I, Annkio Briggs, a daughter and servant of Ijaw Nation, l need to remind Governor Seriake Dickson that Bayelsa State represents the identity of Ijaw people.
I am therefore calling on Ijaw people home and abroad to join me in condemning the decision of the Bayelsa state government as lead by Governor Dickson to donate 1,200 hectares of the very scarce land in Yenagoa to the 4th deadliest terrorist group in the world, the Islamist Fulani herdsmen militia, who 19 Northern Nigeria governors tell the world are from Mali and Senegal.
As an Ijaw daughter and for the sake of our people that have died for the rights of Ijaw people, youths and women, for their sacrifices, for the suffering, humiliation, and neglect Ijaws have endured so far in Nigeria, l have promised myself that l will do whatever needs to be done.
l pray with Ijaw people to get Governor Dickson to reverse this donation of our children and their future to people whose aim is to impose their religion on Christians, and take other people’s land by force, murdering, burning and destroying communities. It is amazing that when Governor Dickson should be protecting our people, he is rather exposing Ijaw people to the worst danger available in Nigeria.
Ijaw nation will not allow any Ijaw son or daughter to sell Ijaw nation for their political interest and failures. Governor Dickson should not be allowed to sell Ijaw nation because of his political ambitions.
1,200 Hectares of Bayelsa state is 1,200 Hectares of Ijaw nation.
I call on the community leaders, the owners of the land, Ijaw sons and daughters in the Niger Delta, across Nigeria, also Home and Abroad to reject the selling of Ijaw nation.
The 1,200 hectares is not Governor Dickson’s personal piece of land.
That 1,200 Hectares once IDENTIFIED SHOULD BE OCCUPIED by IJAW NATION, NOT FULANI HERDSMEN.
Governor Dickson should not be allowed to forget that he won his 2nd tenure elections in Bayelsa state because and only because Ijaw people had no desire to give even an inch of Bayelsa to the APC as lead by haters and enemies of Ijaw people.
IJAW RED BOOTS ARE ON AND WE ARE MARCHING.
Annkio Briggs is a daughter, servant, and respected leader of the Niger Delta. She is a leading voice in the struggle for human rights and environmental justice in the oil-rich region. Connect with her on Facebook.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.