PRESIDENT’S OPENING REMARKS
Good afternoon and welcome
to another family gathering and
reunion. I must emphasize the concept of family because the Ijaw family
which you are a part is the reason why you have made personal sacrifice
attend. Unfortunately, I cannot mention names of all the guests amongst
today who have attended every “Boro Day” since INAA shifted
venue of the event from
here in the United
We thank you for your dedication and petriotism. We also thank those
attending the event for the first time. Special thanks to Chief Edwin K. Clark, Patron of INAA, who is represented
by his wife, Mrs. Clark, His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff,
Amayanabo of Twon, Brass and His Royal Highness Charles
Ayemi-Botu, the Paramount Ruler of
Seimbiri Clan . Like many others here today who have come to lend
have unquestionably demonstrated your faith in our efforts by attending
“Boro Day” event, not once, not twice.
Your presence again this year serves as an inspiration for
persevere, work hard and sustain the platform it has built for Ijaw
here in the Americas.
We also thank and welcome the Ijaw
National Congress President, Dr. A. W.
and the other delegates from this great Ijaw Umbrella Organization and
Chris Ekiyor, IYC President and other IYC delegates to this historic summit.
are also Official representatives of various Ijaw Ethnic Organizations
here today. We acknowledge your presence and grateful for you for your
Thank you very much. This is the hand of fellowship and cooperation
always extended over the years to Ijaws here in the United States and at home in Nigeria so we could partner and
work together for the common good of our people back home and
behalf of INAA, I would also like to welcome our keynote Speaker, Dr.
for graciously accepting our invitation to deliver the keynote address
finally, INAA extends sincere gratitude to Vice President, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan, who is being represented by Mr. Braye Ekiye from Nigeria.
you can see why I started with the “family” metaphor.
event is at a time when things are inauspicious in our Region in Nigeria
The Ijaw National Alliance
of the Americas
unequivocally condemns the act of genocide that the Nigeria
government is currently
carrying out against the Ijaws in the Niger Delta. The Nigerian
should be severely rebuked and ostracized by the International
the routine carnage of defenseless Ijaws in various communities since
Organization specifically calls on the United
States government and governments throughout the
which cherish justice and civility to impose sanctions against Nigeria
premeditated killings of innocent civilians time and time again in the
communities. The problems in the Niger Delta can never be solved with
bullets and bayonets. Only dialogue and a sincere commitment to execute
resolutions from these dialogues can bring lasting peace to Nigeria and development in the Niger
Region.Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters at
neighboring villages who have been victims of the callous and criminal
Isaac Adaka Boro
alive today, he would consider today’s gathering noble and
opportune for us to
put our heads together to plan and strategize. To react by abandoning
traditionally do on a day like this smacks of defeat. The
Ijaw is not, and will never be defeated! Therefore, Boro would
rather advise that we be proactive by doing what we traditionally do to
the integrity of our culture with grace, finesse, more tact and
So the sessions, workshops and presentations are planned to embody
elements. Let us therefore, take advantage of the opportunity this 13th.
“Boro Day” summit provides.
I thank you again for
Long live the Ijaw Nation. Long live the Federal Republic
Mr. Dawari Longjohn, INAA
Saturday, May 30,