A SPEECH BY OSIWE OTEGA, THE UGHELLI NORTH COORDINATOR, DELTA FORCES UNITED ON THE OCCASION OF A TOWN HALL MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 13TH APRIL, 2013. AT EDIAGBON HALL, UGHELLI GUEST HOUSE, UGHELLI.
The time has come for us Deltans to review the leadership of this nation and particularly of our beloved Delta State. Since 1999, when power was handed over to the civilians and Nigeria went into a Democratic system of Government, one would have hoped that by now, most of what the military Government, who have ruled us for decades deprived us of, and took from us would have been restored. I recalled how the people rejoiced when Abacha died, I also remembered how Olusegun Obasanjo who was jailed by late Abacha was voted into power and; the people were happy believing the Messiah has come. I remembered clearly too, just like yesterday, how everyone (you and I, with exception of a few) agreed that the man DR GOODLUCK JONATHAN was the chosen one. That he will give us Fresh Air in Nigeria (although of course, we are air still suffocating in the hot stuffy air he has, caged us in). One need not look much or too deep to see that, at the federal level, little or nothing is been done to improve the standard of living of Nigerians. Most Nigerians can hardly afford one dollar square meal daily, yet Nigeria is been regarded as the giant of Africa. Generating so much wealth at all levels yet not passing it on to the people. All these are at the federal level.
HOW ABOUT AT THE STATE LEVEL?
What has Delta State Achieved?’ Considering what comes to the State in terms of monthly Allocation. What is the level of the Economic and infrastructural development in Delta State? For the past 14 years of Democratic practice, what can we boast of as a state? How is the Security situation of the state? Has it improved over the past years? Or is it degenerating, just as it is at the federal level? How much of our allocation is been used for the development of the people, to alleviate poverty, to give us good and expanded roads, to set up industries, to revive the existing (but dead) industries? How much is been used for job creation? That is to tell you that little or nothing is been used for us because almost everything goes to their private pockets. The story is endless.
They tell you they are working. But I ask you, are they really working? If they are, where are the physical evidences? Why are there more jobless youths than beggars? Why are crimes committed by youths on the increase everyday? What is chasing our youths into cyber crimes, fraud, kidnapping, prostitution, drug pushing etc. why are our parent and siblings suffering untold hardship in a state that lays the golden eggs? Again, the appalling state of life of the people of Delta State is an endless list. They have come up with a zoning policy, Is it constitutional? They fight for 50% derivation. Is it for your good? They tell you leadership is turn by turn, what happened to credibility. They go their godfathers to approve for us a governor, what happen to our votes? They take our state matters, to outsiders who haven’t been able to win a vote in their state. They go to Mr. Fix it who couldn’t fixed his state. They give you peanuts to buy your conscience, but for how long. will that take you before you become hungry again? My heart bleeds oh fellow Deltans. Oh you my brothers and sisters” make 9,000 use of the conscience you have got, God gave you conscience for a purpose, It is time to exhibit your intelligence, For how long shall we suffer? For how long shall we be intimidated by guns? For how long shall we continue to chicken out and shiver at the sight of these hoodlums and gangsters? They Jail you for cyber crime yet they grant presidential pardon to looters. What a shame?
BIRTH OF DFU
It is as a result of all these issues mentioned above, that necessitated the coming together of youths, progressives of like minds to form Delta force united. Delta Force United (DFU) is a non-violent and social-political pressure group committed to good governance, rule of law and the general welfare of the citizens of our dear Delta State, been led by one of our own and son of the soil, a lawyer, activist, social crusader, columnist and critic. He is BARR. FESTUS KEYAMO. Delta forces united was founded to bring; together all progressive forces in Delta State, who are deeply concerned about the development of our dear Delta State.
What we need to achieve the desired change in the state is to get, one who is clean and pure. When God was to save us from eternal condemnation, he sent to us his only and holy son even when Pharisees who were ardent followers of the law were there. He chose to send his only son because he wanted one who had neither drank nor mingled with the system. One who is clean and pure. One born of a virgin, one whose flesh has never been corrupted. My fellow Deltans, say no to ethnic politics, when I go out of the state and see a fellow Deltan of another tribe we call each other brother or sister as the case may be but when I come home he/she becomes an enemy because of politics. It ought not be so. They make us fight one another whilst they do away with our common wealth. They make us hungry and give us little each day so that they will continue to Lord over us. If development is possible in Akwa-Iborn, and even our sister state, Edo then it can be possible in our dear Delta State. 2015 is around the corner. Work with your conscience, go for credibility. Don’t be tempted to vote for tribe because it is what had and is still killing us. Finally, my fellow dear Deltan, we cannot get the much needed change if the same set of looters continue in 2015.
Please don’t keep quiet. Show your love for Delta State. Join Festus Keyamo and other patriots to effect this change.
Long live Delta Forces United
Long live progressives and patriots of Delta
Long live our dear Delta State.
I thank you all; for coming God bless you.
Delta Forces United!!!
NA OUR HAND E DEY!!!