By John Odhe, Yenagoa
Chairman of the Civil Liberty Organizations CLOs in Bayelsa state, Chief Nengi James, has opined that those parading themselves as freedom fighters in the oil-rich Niger Delta region were nothing but self seeking capitalists.
The rights activist, who is also the founder of the Nengi James Foundation, stated this while receiving an award of selfless service from the Achievers Farm Group in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state along side three other prominent Bayelsans.
The other awardees include: business mogul and chairman of Ayala Group of Companies, Chief Robert Enogha, former Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Ndutimi Komonibo and one of the founders of Ijaw Youth Council, Timi Ogoriba.
Fielding questions from newsmen after the event, Nengi said those who carried arms to enrich themselves under the guise of fighting a common course of the Niger Delta people should not be honoured.
“I am happy that today l am being honoured not because I am financially buoyant but because l share the little I have with the needy, the less privileged and the downtrodden.
“We need selfless leaders, those who have contributed to the development of the Niger Delta, to be recognized and honoured just as the Achievers Group has done today.
“We cannot continue to honour mediocrity. You cannot have mansions everywhere and claim to be freedom fighters. You cannot be a capitalist and claim to be freedom fighter while those you claim to be fighting for are wallowing in perpetual penury.
” What development have they attracted to the region? Freedom fighters are those who make sacrifices for humanity. How many houses have they built for their people? How much effort have they made to provide safe drinking water for the people?”, he questioned.
The activist further adduced that it was high time the Bayelsa state government began to build Hall of Fame for the living who had affected lives positively and not Heroes Park where only the dead were honoured.
The chairman of Achievers Group, Chief Lionel Omo said the awards were given to selected Bayelsans who had distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours.
The law lecturer turned farmer, who posited that Bayelsa was the most richly endowed geographical location in the world, said over dependent on oil and gas by successive leaders was responsible for the reigning poverty in the state.
Dignitaries at the event include: former Acting Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Werenipre Seibarugu, Senator Barigha Amange, pioneer Vice Chancellor of NDU, Prof. John Buseri among others.
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