Boro, Isaac Adaka
|Birthname||Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro|
|born on||10 September 1938 at 00:00 (= 12:00 midnight )|
|Place||Oloibiri, Nigeria, 4n4002, 6e1830|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||16°35' 17°59 Asc. 13°00'|
Nigerian nationalist, civil war hero and one of the pioneers of minority rights activism in Nigeria, fondly called "Boro." An undergraduate student of chemistry and student union president at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, he left school to lead an armed protest against the exploitation of oil and gas resources in the Niger Delta areas which benefitted mainly the federal government of Nigeria and Eastern region but not the Niger Delta people. He believed that the people of the area deserved a fairer share of proceeds of the oil wealth. He formed the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, an armed militia with members consisting mainly of his fellow Ijaw ethnic group. They declared the Niger Delta Republic on 23 February 1966 and gallantly battled the Federal forces for twelve days but were finally routed by the far superior Federal firepower. Boro and his compatriots were jailed for treason. However, the federal regime of General Yakubu Gowon granted him amnesty on the eve of the Nigerian civil war in May 1967. He then enlisted and was commissioned as a major in the Nigerian army. He fought on the side of the Federal Government but was killed under mysterious circumstances in active service on 9 May 1968, aged 29, at Ogu (near Okrika) in Rivers State.
Sy Scholfield quotes from his autobiography, The Twelve-Day Revolution : "I am reliably informed that I was born at the zero hour of twelve midnight on 10th September, 1938, in the oil town of Oloibiri along humid creeks of the Niger Delta."
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence
- Vocation : Education : Teacher
- Vocation : Law : Police
- Vocation : Military : Military service
- Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Minority rights)