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Jonathan, 62 Others Bag Ijaw Heroes Award

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan arrives for the extraordinary session of the African Union's Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the case of African Relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, in this October 12, 2013 file photo. Jonathan replaced his entire military leadership without explanation on January 16, 2014, as he struggles with an Islamist insurgency and political crisis within his ruling party. The presidency announced the removal of the chiefs of defence, army, navy and air force and named their successors. It gave no reason but the military has suffered a series of setbacks recently in fighting the Boko Haram sect which is trying to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/Files (ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS LAW MILITARY)

The former president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who bagged a grand award of “Ijaw Man of All Seasons” was among 62 others that were honoured by the Ijaw Republican Assembly (Patriotic Front) in conjunction with Ijaw Media Action Initiative for their various meritorious services and contributions to the nation in different stratas of life.

The ceremony with its theme, “Scions to Icon” was held at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The Vortex correspondent gathered that Mr. Atedo Peterside, Prof Nimi Briggs, Prof. Kimse Okoko AIG Hilda Harrison (Rtd), Amb. Boladei Igali, Odein Ajumogobia (SAN), Dr Doris Cowan, Senator Inatimi Rufus Spiff, Ken Etete, Ndutimi Alaibe, Tele Ikuru, Dr Stanley Lawson and Amaopusenibo Bobo Sofiri Brown bagged the distinguished awards of Ijaw Excellence Award while the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo was honoured as the Ijaw Man of the Year.

The first military governor of Old Rivers State and Amanyanabo of Twon Brass in Bayelsa, HRH, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Prof. Joe Ebiegberi Alagoa, Justice Francis Tabai, Alabo T.O. Graham – Douglas, HRH D. M. Fubara, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo clerk, Amb – Nne Kurubo and Coach Monday Sinclair were honoured with life Time Awards. Chief Dumo Lulu – Briggs and Senator Ben Murray Bruce also bagged Merit Awards as politicians.

Post Humous Awardees were Prof Eyo Ita, Mr. Ernest Sissei Ikoli, Jonathan Adagogo Green, Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson, Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro, Prof. Tekena Tamuno, Prof. Lawrence Ekpebu, Mrs Christiana Graham Douglas, Justice Ambrose Alagoa, Chief Melford Okilo, DSP Alamieyeseigha, High Chief Lulu- Briggs and Amb. Joseph Iyalla while Iconic Development Partners of Ijaw Nation Award was bestowed on Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther and Prof. Kay Williamson.

Other awardees include Owei Lakemfa with best Journalist award, Anthony George Ikoli (SAN) and Iboroma Akpana Esq with Legal Luminary award, Iniruo Wills and Dr. Mina Ogbanga – Environmentalist award and Dr. Dagogo Jack – Medical Practioner award while Ifie Sekibo, Arobo Michael, Ms. Boma Godhead, Rosemary Naimgba and Yibo Koko bagged Finance, Entrepreneur, Legislator, Ijaw Woman, Innovative Artist and Producer awards respectively.

Burna Boy (Ogulu), Ibinabo Fiberesima and Timaya were honoured with Entertainers’ award as Amaopusenibo Stephen Benstowe and Anthony Otokito bagged Ijaw Diaspora Archivist awards.

The Youth award was presented to Dabesaki Ikemenjima and Oraye St. Franklin while the Public Servant Award goes to Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Arch. Amagbe Kentebe.

Speaking with newsmen at the occasion, the President of Ijaw Republican Assembly (Patriotic Front), Alatubo Charles Harry said time has come for the Ijaw people to celebrate their own for their numerous services and achievements to their fatherland.

Charles Harry noted that Ijaw people must recognized and honour themselves as people of great nation and believed strongly that Ijaw issues must be intellectualize and not militarilize as they are the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria.

According to him, it is time to hold their own and stop the attitude of complaining and wining as most of our problems are self-inflicted.

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