Foremost historian and leading Itsekiri Leader of Thought,Pa Johnson Oritsegbubemi Sunday Ayomike,has passed on.
A statement signed by the younger brother,Joe Ayomike,on Wednesday, read,“Pa J O S Ayomike has just passed on peacefully in a Warri private hospital at about 9pm today,Wednesday 4th October 2017.He was aged 90 on April 7th 2017.”
J.O.S. Ayomike was appointed a Civil Commissioner in the then Bendel State in 1975,and served in various ministries including Health,Agriculture and Natural Resources,Information,Culture and Sports.He has since his disengagement in 1980,devoted his entire life to the service of the Itsekiri people,Delta State and indeed Nigeria.
A writer of distinction, a wordsmith and Historian,he has authored,contributed and edited several books on Warri,Niger Delta and Nigeria echoing his views on true federalism and ethnic self determination. According to him,the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 was a fraud as none of the ethnic nationalities brought together forcefully were consulted.
That fraud of 1914 in the words of Tatalo Alami,has configured Nigeria and rigged it against rationality and political modernity,unlike modern Europe and other developing nations.That is why the leadership lottery is structured in such a way that it could only throw up the grossly ill-equipped and manifestly unprepared.
J. O. S. Ayomike is the Chairman of the famed Itsekiri Leaders of Thought,an organization that acts as the eye,nose, ear and indeed the heart of Itsekiri nation. In 1981,he was listed in Who’s Who in Africa.