Odahiekwu Ogunde, YenagoaBayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has described the first civilian governor of the state, the late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, as a selfless leader that always ensured the interest of the Ijaw nation was placed above other considerations.
Diri spoke in Amassoma during the 5th annual memorial anniversary programme in honour of the former governor in his hometown.He described Alamieyeseigha as a hero that will always live in the heart of Bayelsans due to his laudable legacies which include laying the foundation for the development of the state.
He lauded Alamieyeseigha for establishing the Niger Delta University, saying his passion for education has empowered many Bayelsans and Niger Deltans.
Diri also praised his non-violent approach to politics and called on Bayelsans and the Ijaw nation to sustain his legacy by promoting love and unity at all times. He said the state government would take over organisation of his memorial programme from next year.
He said: “How many people died five years ago and are remembered in this fashion? For me, it is a day of joy for us to remember the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State who started laying the foundation of our dear state. He came, he saw, he conquered and he is now resting.
“Let me on behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State today commemorate the fifth anniversary of the death of our hero, of a man who lived for his people and not only for his family, of a man who left legacies and started laying the foundation blocks of a modern Bayelsa State. His memories will continue to linger in Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation.
“Let me use this opportunity of the commemoration of the death of our hero to caution all of us in the field of politics that politics is not to kill and to destroy. Politics is to build and to engage people. That was what Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha stood for. If we respect him, then we have to follow his footsteps.”
Diri commended the Alamieyeseigha family for the orderly organisation of the memorial programme and assured them that the state government would always support them. Speaking on behalf of the family, his younger brother and Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Akpoebide Alamieyeseigha, lauded Diri for gracing the occasion, saying the family was encouraged by his presence being the first serving governor to attend the memorial programme.
He thanked the governor for finding him worthy of serving in his cabinet and for always supporting his family. Earlier, the governor was at the palace of the Amananowei of Amassoma, Chief Graham Naigba, where he praised the legacies of the late Alamieyeseigha. Climax of the event was the laying of wreath at his graveside by the governor and his wife, Mrs. Margaret Alamieyeseigha.