Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro (September 10, 1938 – May 9, 1968), fondly called “Boro”.
The First Armed Rebellion Against The Federal Republic of Nigeria Was Initiated And Implemented By Major Adaka Boro.
He left school as an undergraduate student of chemistry and student union president at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to lead an armed protest against the exploitation of oil and gas resources in the Niger Delta areas. Boro believed that the natural resources of Niger Delta benefited mainly the federal government of Nigeria and Eastern region with capital in Enugu and nothing was given to the Niger Delta people.
He wanted the people of Niger Delta to control a larger share of proceeds of their own oil wealth.
He formed the Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF), an armed militia with members consisting mainly of his fellow Ijaw ethnic group.
On February 23, 1966, they declared the Niger Delta Republic. They fought the federal forces for twelve days before they were defeated.
Boro and his comrades were jailed for treason. But, the military government of General Yakubu Gowon granted Boro amnesty on the eve of the Nigerian civil war in May 1967.
Boro was immediately enlisted and was commissioned as a major in the Nigerian army. He fought on the side of the Federal Government. He was killed by Nigeria under mysterious circumstances while in active service for military government of Nigeria in 1968 at Ogu (near Okrika) in Rivers State.
When strangers invade your family compound, and you join them to fight your own biological father, mother, brothers, sisters, uncles, cousins, e.t.c., because those strangers opened a door for you, do you really expect those strangers to trust you in future? Naturally, your loyalty should lie primarily with your kinsmen. A man who is not loyal to his ancestral lineage would never be expected to be loyal to anything at all. Fighting for Nigeria against the rest of Eastern Nigerians by Boro, Wiwa and co, laid a solid foundation of the slavery of southerners to the Fulanis. Because of mere misunderstanding between you and your brother on how to share your wealth, you invited Fulani strangers from Sudan into your ancestral land to take everything you have for themselves alone. The rest is now history because we are all in it right now.
Which one is more reasonable?
- For oil control to be in the hands of your direct neighbours, who would use it to develop Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Kogi, Oyo, Imo, Benue, Taraba, e.t.c.
- For oil to be in the hands of strangers (non native Nigerians), who would use the proceeds to develop Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Niger Republic, Chad, Mali, Sudan, e.t.c.
The Nigerdelta oil money already wasted in the far north and their neighbouring countries, would have turned the middlebelt (from Niger, Southern Kaduna, Southern Bauchi, Southern Gombe and Southern Borno) and the whole of southern Nigeria into paradise on earth long before now.
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