OGOGORO SAGA: IJAW GROUP APPEALS TO BENUE GOVT.

2008-10-21

The Ijaw living in the south-west of Nigeria under the aegis Ijaw communities’ leadership forum, south west has appealed to Benue state governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswan and the state house of assembly to reconsider their decision to ban the sales and production of the local brew gin popularly called Ogogoro.
In a press statement signed by Chief Shedrack Agboro and Engineer Martins Ayelo, president and secretary respectively the Ijaw argued that the move has already affected the people psychologically and emotionally, adding that the move will affect over 100,000 Ijaw and other Niger Deltans living in the Northern part of the country.
The group wondered why the bill targets only the product of the Ijaw as evil but promotes the sale of beer and other local brew like Burukutu and Agbo and numerous others. It states that the step was based on misinformation because “NAFDAC recognized to safeguard the health of the nation has not condemned the sale of the local gin nationwide.
“we Ijaw leaders in Yoruba and across the south-west of Nigeria wish to state that no geopolitical zone is an Island and the threat on our brothers and sisters in the North is an attempt to provoke ethnic rivalry as we are kind and good to all Benue people engaged in various trade mainly as yam and other cash crop sellers in markets across Niger Delta. We have not asked our governors to send a bill to their Houses of Assembly to protest that the fertilizers used in their farms to boost the production of yams and other cash crops are harmful to the body. We urge our grand patron and founder of Ijaw communities’ leadership forum south-west, Comrade Joseph Evah to prevail on our politicians like the Vice President, governors and leaders including Chief E.K Clark, Alamieseigha, Timi Alaibe and other to save the situation before it is too late”

 

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