7th, Aug 2017
I had the singular opportunity of meeting Mr Billy Ofesi through my brother Hon Omasan Mabiaku and got acquainted with him ten years ago. In the cause of my interaction with him I realised that he is such a humble and amiable personality despite the tremendous success he has recorded in his business life.
I later established a deeper relationship with him and in the course of time I fondly call him Biloritz, that is the name of his oil servicing company BILORITZ Nig Ltd.
Billy is a proud and great son of Itsekiri kingdom from Warri North,In the social and political spheres, it could be observed that the Itsekiri people abhor injustice, corruption, tyranny and they would fight all forms of oppression and maladministration with every available means at their disposal. This
has been the basis of the ‘revolutions and protests’ that have characterized the socio-political development of the Itsekiri people since the nineteenth century.
I have few Itsekiri people as my friend but I must confess he is one of the closest of them all,the last time I met him was 2weeks ago when he visited Abuja and coincidentally I was also there,he placed a call that I should meet him in Rockview hotel,Wuse.
I met him and in his usual calm disposition we discussed a lot of issues bothering on matters that affect our people,socially and economically. I saw his passion and drive for the socio economic emancipation of his people and humanity, it was at that point I decided to introduce politics Into our discussion. I realised that in the course of raising new leaders and sanitising the political class, we must acknowledge that the task ahead is great indeed,and heavy and yet is a noble and glorious challenge _a challenge which calls for courage to dream,the courage to believe, the courage to dare,the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight and achieve. Though calm and unassuming I saw in him all this qualities.
The story of Billy Ofesi is that of grass to grace, he is a grass root man and an inspiration to so many youths,no wonder when luck finally smiled on him he has never failed to identify with the youths and the downtrodden. He has always made an impart in the life of anyone that fate has brought his way despite the fact that he has never been a politician.
He is one Itsekiri youth that inspires me and I was force to encourage him to go into the murky water of politics if not for anything but to bring hope and sense of belonging to the oppress people of Warri North and the Itsekiri nation. I am not an Itsekiri man but It is my candid opinion that his entrance into politics will give hope to the hopeless and will unveil the essence of exemplary leadership In Iwere Land.
This are the Men who can turn the political fortunes of their people and help to actualise the new Delta of our dream. I called him two days ago to know if he has given my proposal a second thought and he gladly replied in the affirmative. I knew his victory at the poll as a member representing the good people of Warri north in the Delta state house of Assembly will be a victory for the Itsekiri nation and a good sign of progressive democracy for Delta state but my main concern now is that he should contest under the platform of APC.
Though I didn’t ask him under which platform he intend contesting but am so happy for the Itsekiri nation to have him. In any case am determined to make sure he contest under APC but the issue of which platform to contest will be an issue for another day.
Bravo and congrat to my friend Billy Ofesi.