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Tears Flow As Niger Delta Weeping Hero Set To Go Home Dec 4

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By Mingo Saya

The burial arrangements for the late Niger Delta weeping hero, The founding fathers of Ijaw Youth council (IYC), worldwide, cum pioneer defence minister of the council, Ex-Niger Delta Agitator, Late Captain General Samson Funpuwei, AKA Yanyanbou, who passed on October 16, 2020 after a brief illness, at UBTH Benin City, Edo State,

According to the uncle of the deceased, Comrade Mingo F. Saya, who spoke with news men with tears said, Late Captain Samson, was an hero of Ijaw nation, who paid the supreme price for the survival of Niger Delta, describing him as a weeping freedom fighter in the creek of Niger Delta.

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Adding that the ex-warlord indeed was a frontier of Kaiama declaration,

Mingo noted that Captain Funpuwei was the only survived son from his parents, saying that in his early days, he lost his two parents.

He stressed that his late uncle, Yanyanbou was among the 5,000 Ijaw youths, that were drawn from over five hundred communities, from over 40 clans that issued Kaiama declaration on 11th December, 1998 at Kaiama town, Bayelsa state, for the continuous survival of the indigenous people of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality of the Niger Delta and struggle for the control of oil mineral resources as well articulated the freedom of Niger Delta people.

He urged Ijaw leaders to give him a befitting burial and pay the last honour to the Ijaw hero.

Late General Funpuwei agitated against ecological devastation, degradation of the environment and military repression, bombardment of Ijaw communities.

General Funpuwei rose against unabating damage done to Ijaw fragile natural environment and to the health of Ijaw people due to the uncontrolled exploration and exploitation of crude oil and natural gas which has led to numerous oil spillage, uncontrolled gas flaring, the opening up of Ijaw forests to loggers, indiscriminate canalisation, flooding, land subsidence coastal erosion, earth tremors and many others.

The final burial ceremony will be coming up on Friday 4th December 2020, at his country home, Ajakurama town, Egbema kingdom, Ovia South West LGA, Edo state.

Organizers of the event added: “On behalf of the entire family, we invite the Ijaw Nation, IYC worldwide, INC, Niger Delta Ex-agitatiors, Niger Delta Ex-warlord, Edo state PDP family and the general public to join us for his last rest.

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