Anniversary of 1927 anti-tax revolt marked in Warri

THE GUARDIAN Newspaper- Chido Okafor

THE 83rd anniversary of the 1927 anti-tax revolt in the old Warri Province comprising the nations of Urhobo, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko, and Ukwuani was yesterday marked with lectures and symposia in Igbudu, Warri, Delta State which was the first place where the first commonwealth in the western Niger Delta was held in 1927.
The anniversary which was attended by some of the best brains in Urhoboland, appraised the role played by Chief Oshue of Orhuwhorun who led the first uprising against the British colonialists in 1927. He was assisted by Chief Edah Otuedon, an Itsekiri public letter writer and associate of Herbert Macaulay, a frontline nationalist based in Lagos.
A lecture entitled “The Niger Delta and Resource Control from Oshue Ogbiyerin to President Goodluck Jonathan” delivered by Prof. G.G. Darah, dwelt on the marginalization of the Niger Delta from the first decree passed in 1969 by the military government which allocated to the federal government, all resources of the region. He said that even after the civil war, all pleas for a reversal of the decree fell on deaf ears, adding that the situation persisted even up till the present day.
Prof. Darah submitted that although President Jonathan is from Niger Delta, several years of misrule by the military have so affected the polity that he feared Jonathan may find it hard to reverse the order.
The event was chaired by prominent Niger Delta sociologist, Prof. Onigu Otite who described the Oshue of Orhuwhorun as a patriot who devised strategies to address the problems of the time.
A communiqué issued at the end of the lecture called for the expansion of the post-amnesty programme, reconstruction of invaded oil companies and removal of armed police squads from highways. It also called for the jettisoning of the half-hearted and hollow amendment of the constitution. Other demands included the ending of the travails of the icons of resource control, reparation for exploitation and environmental disasters.
The participants also applauded the progressive steps taken by the administration of Chief James Ibori and expressed delight over the decision of the federal government to let host communities receive direct from source.
They equally examined the current controversies over the issue of zoning of the office of the President of Nigeria by the PDP. It was agreed that the strange arrangement has outlived its electoral usefulness.
The participants equally supported President Jonathan’s plan for free and credible elections in 2011 and supported Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan programme to implement it in Delta State.


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