By Sunday Apah
The Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF), has congratulated former Niger Delta freedom fighter, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo on his 48th birthday.
Executive Chairman of EGCDF, Ambassador Jude Ebitimi Ukori in a signed statement on behalf of the foundation, said Tompolo’s contribution to the struggle to emancipate the Ijaw people from the oppressive leadership of Nigeria Government resulted to the very first Ijaw man, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a minority to be president of Nigeria.
“He attracted the Nigeria Maritime University. His persistent struggle brought about Amnesty programme, so many of our young ones who would not have gone to university are now graduates, that’s because Tompolo stood his ground to make what is wrong, right.
“The man is always standing for what is right, which is justice for his people. That’s why he is being persecuted by the Nigerian Government. By God’s grace, he will be vindicated. We will celebrate him every year. Our prayer is that God will continue to guide and protect him. By the grace of God, we will celebrate him at 100. For us, he is a living legend”, the statement added
The statement further described Tompolo, as an illustrious Ijaw son with passion to emancipate the Niger Delta region particularly the Ijaw nation from continuous oppression of the Nigeria state. “As a leader, he has done greatly in helping the Ijaw nation in advancing the course of good governance across the region”.
While pleading with the Federal Government to drop all charges against him, EGCDF in the statement, prayed God to richly bless him as he continue to contribute his quota to the development of Niger Delta.