NEDU MARK Yenagoa
Leadership of various human, civil rights organizations as well as other advocacy groups in Nigeria, Wednesday, converged on Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, to mourn the demise of the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Documentation and Strategy, Dr. Oronto Natie Douglas.
The activists described the late Presidential aide as the pillar of the Niger Delta struggle who contributed greatly to the liberation of the region.
Our correspondent reports that human rights groups present at the rally held in Yenagoa include, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Centre for Environmental Human Rights and Development, Agape Birth Rights, Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities, Ogoni Solidarity Group and Ogbia Study Group.
Speaking shortly after the solidarity rally and commemoration of the late Ijaw icon, Coordinator, Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Yenagoa, Chief Nengi James described Oronto Douglas as the engine room of the Ijaw Youth Council IYC.
Chief James said late Oronto masterminded the Kiama declaration and always stood up for the truth and the welfare of the youths.
Alabo James said that Oronto died as an activist for the region and not as a coward.
He described him as a patriot and a true environmental activist who fought for the liberation of the region and stood up for the less privileged.
Describing the late environmental activists as a philanthropist who built a library and encouraged education for the less privileged in the region, Comrade James lamented the sudden demise of Oronto Natie Douglas.
Also speaking, Project Officer, Environmental Rights Agenda, ERA, Yenagoa, Comrade Alagoa Morris said the late Oronto Douglas stood for peace and not for violent struggles in the region.
Alagoa who was in tears said late Douglas was a man who believed that Nigeria as a nation should dialogue for peace rather than engage in war.
According to the activists, Oronto was a dogged fighter, a focused activist and the real engine room of the struggle for the Niger Delta and a founding father of Ijaw Youths Council IYC.
The project officer, ERA said the late Douglas was a shining light in the liberation struggle of the Ijaw people.
He regretted that the late special adviser to Jonathan died when the region and the nation needed him most.