Dikio, Akeredolu, Alaibe urge ex-agitators to emulate Ajube on peace, entrepreneurship
Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd.), has charged ex-agitators to emulate Chief Biobopere Ajube, also known as ‘Shoot-at-Sight’ on peace and entrepreneurship.
He made the call at the weekend when the paramount ruler of Arogbo Ijaw Ibe Kingdom, Pere Doubara Egbunu, conferred the highest chieftaincy title of Beleukoriwei (Pathfinder) on Ajube at his palace in Arogbo, Ondo State.
Dikio commended Ajube for leading the campaign for a peaceful and prosperous Niger Delta, noting that he was the face of what could happen in the region.
He said with the likes of Ajube, who had undertaken the task of having 400 ex-agitators trained in his Bradama Facility under the PAP’s Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) model, the vision of moving the Niger Delta from constant protestations to peace and development was achievable.
Also Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, described him as a gift to the country.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, described Ajube as a proud son of Ondo State, who had made tremendous impact in the lives of his people.
He said the honour accorded him was a testament to all he had been doing for his people and urged him to extend similar gestures to other parts of the state.
“We’re here to celebrate a man, who through self development and engagement is where he is today. We’re proud of him as a true son of Ondo State. All he thinks about is development, peace and empowerment, which is a good thing,” he said.
Alaibe, who chaired the occasion, recalled that the Federal Government earlier misunderstood the Niger Delta and its agitations, but as head of the Amnesty Programme, he (Ajube) stood firmly by him to explain what the agitations really meant.
“This honour is well deserved. The story and struggle of the emancipation and the issues of the Niger Delta will not be complete without mention of High Chief Biobopere Ajube. For some of us, the story is deep,” he stated.
On his part, Egbunu said it was not a mistake that Ajube was honoured with the highest title in Arogbo Ijaw Ibe, noting that the kingdom had been blessed by him and decided to display that by conferring the title on him.
Personalities, who attended the event were Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Catherine Oludunni Odu, Deputy Speaker and some members of the state House of Assembly, commissioners for Information and Finance and former freedom fighter, Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, among others.