There were fresh hopes at the weekend, that the Ijaw Nation will soon bounce back to power at the national level. This came from a celebrated preacher and senior pastor of the Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie.
The pastor spoke in Yenagoa when he spoke as guest at an event organised by the Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, under the theme, leading a new narrative for Ijaw Nation.
The popular tele evangelist whose presence in Yenagoa caused a stir as hundreds of people thronged the ecumenical centre and struggled to either touch him or his car after the event, said the time had come for the narrative concerning the IYC to change.
Sounding philosophical at some point as he addressed the crowd, he said “those who face God cannot be phased out. As Ijaw youths and Ijaw people, we cannot enthrone the devil, and expect God to intervene.
“We cannot enthrone Egbesu, Asawana, and other idols and expect God to intervene. You cannot get good with the devil, and you cannot get evil with God. All ijaw youths and people must believe in capacity building, those who train themselves will join the winning train.
“Any agitation without adequate preparation and capacity building will lead to frustration. The magnitude of any region is dependent on the mentality of our youths and stakeholders.”
He said there was an urgent need for youths to boost their capacity so that they can earn a living meaningfully. “To tell you how capacity is powerful, now pick any of the militants in Bayelsa and tell them to google these things, I tell you not one will be able, because by the time when professor comes to tell him we have to do this, he doesn't have the capacity to understand what the professor is talking.
“So, it is not enough that dictate, it is important that we build our capacity. All persons within the region must accept full responsibility for their activities and actions; once you blow up pipelines, destroy aquatic lives, who suffers? You or the people?
“If you blow up oil pipelines, who suffers? Did aquatic lives suffer? It's stupidity. Because the oil pipeline you are blowing is in your backyard, so you are the one who suffers; all your fishes die, the villagers are not going to fish. So, who suffers?
“ Think of better and legitimate ways of making money, avoid criminal activity like kidnapping, assassination, armed robbery, cultism, and lies. No development can be achieved and no system can survive in the face of insecurity and looting.
“As a youth, stakeholder, politician, living without values is like having a tree without roots, a car without an engine and a man without a heart.”
Dr Goodluck Jonathan remains the first and only Ijaw son to have risen to the position of president of the nation. His emergence came unexpectedly, in what people call a divine arrangement.
But Ibiyemomie said soon, the Niger Delta will produce another star that will occupy a top position in the country. He said the youths should get ready for it.
“A person of value will never allow his personal interest affect the generality of the people, thereby causing them unbearable pain and regret. When you call Jamaica before, you first of all see India hemp, but today Jamaica is known for sports.
“That is how, after now, the Ijaw Nation where they used to go for hooliganism will turn to be a place of glory and honey. In our time, the bad name tagged on militants, terrorism and bloodshed shall become a thing of the past.
“Niger Delta and Ijaw nation will raise global giants, incredible front liners in all parts of the world. I will stand among all regions of this country by divine hand of God; in no distant time I decree, God will launch us again into the corridors of power at the federal and international levels, I speak as the man sent by God.”
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