By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Erstwhile governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of his longtime friend and political ally, late D.S.P Alamieyeseigha in Amassoma, Bayelsa State.
Ibori was accompanied on the visit by political leaders and stakeholders from Delta State, including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, described Alamieyeseigha as “a patriotic, courageous and outspoken leader who stood on the side of his people at all times”.
The former governor said he was devastated when news of Alamieyeseigha’s death got to him in the United Kingdom.
According to him, “We both shared a common ideology and relationship which was very deep and Alamieyeseigha until his demise fought against oppression and evil which ultimately led to his untimely death”.
At the grave side of the departed Governor -General of Ijaw nation, Ibori assured the bereaved family that he will always remember and stand by them as their father and son would have done same for his family.
Ibori urged the family of the departed Governor-General of Ijaw nation to take solace in the fact that Alameieyeseigha was a good man who will forever be remembered by his legacies and also the reality that what he believed in will not die.
Earlier, Ibori who on arrival to Bayelsa visited Governor Seriake Dickson at the Government House in Yenagoa, expressed his sympathy to the government and people of the state over the death of their first civilian governor.
According to him, “the visit was to appreciate Governor Dickson for immortalizing the foremost Ijaw hero by renaming the Government House banquet hall after him and for pushing forward his noble ideas of governance and strong agitation for rights of people of Ijaw and Niger Delta”.
“I take solace in the fact that having met you, I am encouraged that indeed the flag only flew half-mast for a couple of days and after that the flag is flying again. Thank you for playing your bit to immortalize him. He may have left us but his spirit is still with us”.
In his remarks, Governor Dickson thanked Ibori for the solemn but historic visit, and said the thoughtfulness to visit the family epitomized the brotherliness that existed between him and the late former governor.
Dickson who used the opportunity to call on people of the Niger Delta to stop betraying their leaders noted that both Alamieyeseigha and Ibori were victims of the Niger Delta struggle which was as a result of their campaign for resource control and fiscal federalism.
In his words, “ we have done enough when it comes to betraying, sabotaging and pulling down one another, especially our leaders. Nobody in this nation will build and sustain leaders for us, we have to build our leaders, support and encourage them. So I think the time has come for us in the Niger Delta to turn a new leaf and learn from others”.
Sundiata Post recalls that Alamieyeseigha died while Ibori was serving his jail term in London.