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EDITORIAL

Delta State a little over a decade ago, was a place of bloodletting

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”

Vicktor Emil Frank

Before Nigeria became independent of colonial rule, several attempts were made but they met a brick wall. As you are very well aware, internal strife was more of the problem than the occupier else we would have been sovereign before 1960.

Sixty years on, those ideals of unity are still alien even when we should know better and work towards utopia. Today as a nation, we are hemorrhaging all around and within our nation. The ulcers causing so much loss of national cohesion are self-inflicted and as those you have broadcasted makes for poor prognosis.

Delta State a little over a decade ago, was a place of bloodletting and if we take our history into cognizance especially for the remote causes of the war between tribe Itsekiri-Ijaw, Itsekiri-Urhobo- then we must be ashamed that we once had to fight bloody.  Generations immemorial had inter-ethnic marriages. Ahead of their time, they knew the virtues of symbiotic living therefore, the victory of one was the victory of all and the loss of one was a loss for all.

On July 27, 2020, the Federal government named several railway infrastructure across the country after deserving Nigerians who had served the country. The wisdom behind the naming to immortalize them and have their names boldly engraved in our national psyche. The Delta State had some names on the list and some states had no living or dead citizen so recognized yet.

Critical discourse surrounding such magnanimous gesture should have been the values, ethos, and selfless sacrifices such individual have made to the development of Nigeria. Rather you chose to whip up ethnic sentiments about why Alfred Rewane should not have his name at the Ujevwu station in Delta State. The unpatriotic maneuver of Rewane as depicted in your writing is his failure at being Urhobo. 21st century thinking especially progressive ones believe that we are global citizens separated only by geography.

After the Kudirat Abiola was slain in pursuit of a free Nigeria, a street was named after her in Manhattan. It is called the Kudirat Abiola Corner. That she died fighting a noble cause that could resonate with anyone in pursuit of the common good made her so recognized and she was thus immortalized beyond seas and oceans away from her homeland.

In the same pursuit as Kudirat, Alfred Rewane also paid the ultimate price. His success in business might not have been enough to make the Forbes Billionaires list, but successful, he was. He was selfless with his resources, put his businesses on the line and his life was not too much to give for liberty.

That all you could practically use to discredit Rewane is his ethnicity is alarming. Are you hurt by the attainments of your  country men if they are not from the same ethnic group as you? I strongly believe otherwise.

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