Culled from Confluence Reporters
Knowing that change will not come if everybody waits for some other persons or some other time, instead of continuous whining about the wrongs in the society, and what ought to be done, Barrister Natasha Hadiza Akpoti has taken the bull by its horn to be the change she wants, defied the age-long status quo and set to brake the stereotypical jinx associated with women.
In a programme organised to intimate her people on the need to liberate the people of Kogi Central Senorial District and change the course of narration, she said the only reason she holds on to her quest to liberate her people and ready to use every means is because of the extreme poverty in the land, the need to make Ajaokuta work for the common man and the need to show unquantifiable role of women in societal building.
Speaking at the palace of Obobanyi Ihima, she said she has come because of the thunderous call to serve humanity, which will amount to injustice if she rejected it.
“Without mincing words, it’s a call to serve Ebiraland, to represent Kogi Central Senatorial District in 2019 at the upper chamber. This is why I’ve come to you to answer the call of our people and seek your blessing
“I seek your support to give me the wing to fly, watch me with prayers, because this call for service is enormous task.
“My father, late Dr. Jimoh Abdul Akpoti died when he was 49 years old with a lot of dream to serve his people. I am here today to fulfil that dream, to liberate our people.
“Everyday, I knelt before our maker to give me the wisdom, and the power to libteate our people, I feel the pain of our people, daddy prayed for me like never before”, she said.
While praying, Obobanyi said, because of what Natasha stands for, God will protect her from any evil, adding that she is going to be celebrated by Ebira people in no distance time.
“You will be protected from the hands of deceivers, betrayers and hypocrites, you will do the best for Ebiraland for posterity to reckon with.
“You will reach where you aspired to reach, God who gives power to whom he will, will give you the power to do more for our people, you will live long to fulfil your dream.
“With the voice of our maker, you will acquire the needed power to liberate our people. It shall be well with you, the door of blessings has opened for you, the Ancestors of Ebiraland shall be with you”, he said.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, Natasha said when his father died 20years ago, cirmcumstance made her and her family to live Ebiraland but her heart has always been with the people of Ebiraland.
“Whenever I come home and look at my community, I discovered a lot of things have changed, I don’t think this can happened in 20years, I discovered our community has deteriorated and I said something must be done.
“In this twenty years, I had gone through a lot and I have crossed a lot of oceans, In the last few years I started Ajaokuta struggle, I knew God was preparing me for something, and the call was hard.
“In all these struggle I knew your prayers are with me and I have come here to seek for prayers from our fathers and you the good people of Ebirland”, she said.
Commending the huge sacrifice Natasha has made for humanity, Ohi of Ihima, HRH. Alhaji Abdulraheem Ogido said, Natasha’s popularity is not because she’s from Ebiraland but because of what she’s fighting for advising the mammoth crowd to take a lesson from her lifestyle.
According to him, Late Dr. Jimoh Abdul Akpoti of the blessed memory has dropped a good name for posterity to always to reckon with, praying that Natasha will build more on that name.
“Politicicans are very deceptive but Natasha is out to make a difference and I hope the youths will use this opportunity to learn fast from her”, he said.
Speaking on the sterling qualities of Natasha, Obobanyi of Ohueta, HRH. Omonori Aliu Suberu, said he has heard a lot of what Natasha is doing for the sake of Ebiraland and Nigeria at large, saying she has done what others cannot do.
On his own contribution, Ohi-Akuta of Akuta clan Ihima, HRH. Ustaz Ayub Salawudeen, pointed out that Ebiraland needs the type of Natasha in leadership position, adding that she has been helping the less privileged and orphans in the society and believe if she becomes the senator of Kogi Central she will do more for the people of Ebiraland.
“We are not unaware of What you have been doing for Ajaokuta to come back to life, God will use you to bring succour to our people, you will raise the name of Ebiraland beyond Kogi state and you will be an instrument to right many wrongs of the past,” he said.
After observing a minute silent for the late Otaru of Idu of Oha, his representative, Aliu Ondeku, said he was moved beyond expectation when Natasha addressed the house of representatives on the conspiracies behind Ajaokuta steel complex early this year.
Moved by her outstanding presentation, he said he gave her a standing ovation and he knew that day that Ebiraland has a daughter and he has been looking for a means to meet her and tell her to represent the people of Ebiraland at the upper chamber.
“After your speech, I saw many Ebira sons and daughters asking you to represent us at the upper chamber and you rejected it, now that you’ve accepted the call, the ancestors of Ebiraland will be you, grant you success in your aspiration and give you the knowledge to lead our people.
“I believe that with the iniative of APC to use direct primary, you will succeed and I will gladly support you to the end.”
Talking on the legacies of her father, representative of Obobanyi of Ohionwa, Hon. Elder Usman Omuya Yunusa said, Natasha has done a lot of things the people of Ohiowna has benefited, saying her father left a good name which called for people of sincerity to support her ambition.
“The first hospital established by your father was in this area and our people benefited from it immensely, your father didn’t leave any bad name, we don’t have any reason not to support your ambition”, he said.
On his own contributions, Ogasube of Ure, HRH Ononivami Jegede, said what Natasha has been doing on the resuscitation of Ajaokuta is enough to support her for any cause she choose to front.
“No man can change what God has ordained. God of the the widows, less privileged, and the disabled you are helping will guide you and make you to achieve greater heights to do more for our people”, he said.
Eulogising the giant strides of Natasha, Ohiomata of Odumi, HRH Chief James Omeiza Otaru, said Natasha’s father, late Dr. Jimoh Abdul Akpoti left an indelibel print on the surface of the earth which she is already treading.
“Your struggle on the rescusitation of Ajaokuta is very clear to everyone to see, I will surely support you with everything I have”, he said.
Speaking on the reason youths in Kogi Central Senatorial District will support Natasha to rewrite the history of Ebiraland, a youth leader in the area, Agnes Onimisi Dele, said for daring to take a bold step as a woman and go against the old order for the sake of the masses, she will use her forum to garner the needed support f or her.
“I am very happy for what she stands for, she is a woman like us and I will support her with everything I have.
“This is a historical event for a woman to come out boldly to aspire for a high position in Ebiraland. I pray she acquire the position because she has been helping women, children, disabled and the resuscitation of Ajaokuta”, she said.
Highlight of the event were tours to the seven clan heads in Ihima which include, Ohi of Ihima, HRH Alhaji Abdulraheem Ogido, Obobanyi Ihima, HRH. Samuel Onimisi, Obobanyi of Ohueta, HRH Omonori Aliu Suberu, Ogasube of Ure, HRH Chief Ononivami Jegede, Obobanyi of Ohionwa, HRH Chief Jeremiah Akaaba (JP), Ohiomata of Odumi, HRH Chief James Omeiza Otaru, Idu of Oha, HRH Sheidu Lamidi Ananwureyi, Ohi-Akuta of Akuta Ihima and cultural display by women.