More often than not, media representations and social portrayals of activism in the Niger Delta conveys the characteristic Eurocentric chauvinism of geopolitical assumptions.
Poverty is one of the major ailments killing the Ijaw people, especially in their own Ijaw state of Bayelsa State. A visit to areas besides Yenegoa shows a total disconnect and dereliction on the part of elected officials. Investigations reveal that the history of impoverishment in the oil rich state was immediately compounded with the eating of the “forbidden fruit” thrown at particularly at local chieftains who in good old days used to be champions of their own people’s rights.
Can Ijaw people survive this strange artificially constructed suffering among their people? Tell us what you think.
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