I am deeply pained even as I am still watching the 60th Independence Anniversary Parade at Eagle Square.
The two Officers who are running the Commentary have mentioned Sir Herbert Macaulay, Sir Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello; the Sardauna of Sokoto, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Chief Michael Okpara, Olufemi Ransome Kuti, Margaret Ekpo, etc but they don’t ever mention the name: ERNEST SISEI IKOLI; the foremost Journalist and Nationalist.
In the hierarchy of Nationalists, I mean those who fought for the Independence of Nigeria. You will mention Sir Herbert Macaulay first, the Second is CHIEF ERNEST SISEI IKOLI. Zik, Balewa, Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo and others are down the ladder.
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Chief Obafemi Awolowo that is deified today acknowledged even in his book that it was Chief Ernest Sisei Ikoli that mentored him. Chief Ernest Sisei Ikoli was a great source of inspiration and motivation to him.
Ironically, all the names I earlier mentioned above are celebrated as National Icons with National Monuments, Airports, Institutions, Roads, Streets and other notable national assets named after them except Chief Ernest Sisei Ikoli.
It is so simply because he is an Ijaw man. Again, because our great people who are supposed to honour and celebrate him and also project him to the world, do not even know or acknowledge the fact that such great leader ever lived.
We must STOP this nonchalant attitude to sensitive issues. That is how we lost Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe to his foster father and kinsmen from Igbo. How many Ijaws know that Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe is from Agbere in Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa State? No not one.
We should stop fighting ourselves, let us unite and forge a common front. Let us develop a deliberate culture to honour and also celebrate ours.
Happy Independence to everyone of us.
Long Live Bayelsa State
Long Live the Ijaw Nation
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Most Senior Comrade Wisdom Oniekpar Ikuli
Mirror and Conscience of Society.
“ProbitasReport on the 60th anniversary of this great country call on the 9th National Assembly and the Presidency to right all wrongs, dig deep into our nation’s history on how we got our independence and celebrate notable leaders across the nation whose contributions helped mentored the men and women that brought us our independence beginning with Chief Ernest Sisei Ikoli. It is now time to honor the labour of our unsung heroes so that generations that come after will know the true story of these great icons such as Chief Ernest Sisei Ikoli and others. Happy 60th Independence, Nigeria.” Dr Ohio O Ojeagbase, Publisher, ProbitasReport