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Ijaws must be united – ex-Bayelsa governor Sylva

By Shina Badmus

A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has called for unity among Ijaw people.

Sylva disclosed this in an exclusive interview with GbaramatuVoice on Saturday, June 15, 2019, while playing host at the 2019 Amaseikumor Festival held in Oporoza town, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

He added that there was a need for oneness among the Ijaw people, as it would foster understanding around them.

“We have not been very united. So I think it is very important for Ijaw land to come together, so that we can understand ourselves because we should know that we are one,” Sylva said.

Former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Tiimipre Sylva in a warm handshake with the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, during the Amaseikumor festival in Oporoza on Saturday June 15, 2019.

He saw the festival as a moral compass of the Ijaw that had a trait that was common to all the Ijaws scattered around the country, adding that the festival shows their value for culture.

“It is a very significant festival not only for Ijaw land but also for me as well. I am seeing a lot here which I didn’t know before, but I can see the universality of the Ijaw culture among Ijaw people. It is the same thing that happens everywhere,” said Sylva.

“This is for me an eye opener and I am very happy to be here,” he concluded.


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