Ijaw Leaders, Youths Remember Late Alamieyeseigha

 Ijaw Leaders, Youths Remember Late Alamieyeseigha

Ijaw leaders and youths have trooped to Amassoma, the hometown of the late Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, to honour him a year after his death.
Amassoma was said to be a beehive as youths conducted processions round the community and performed Ijaw rituals in honour of Alamieyeseigha, popularly known as Alamco and Governor-General of the Niger Delta.
Ijaw flags were reportedly flown freely in the community by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, was represented at the event on Monday by his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd) on Monday.
Other dignitaries were the President, IYC, Udengs Eradiri, elderstatesman and politician, Chief Thompson Okorotie, ex-militant leader and Chairman of Southern Ijaw Council Area, Mr Joshua McCaiver, and community leader, Mr Eric Avi.
They called on the Federal Government to attach seriousness to the ongoing dialogue with the Niger Delta region.
Dickson said Alamieyeseigha would be remembered for his doggedness and struggle for the emancipation of Ijaw nation.
Describing the late Alamieyeseigha as a bridge builder and passionate crusader of Ijaw national interest, the governor challenged Ijaw sons and daughters to view his departure as a rallying point to forge a united front to demand for equity and fairness.
He acknowledged some of the achievements of the late former governor including the establishment of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, which he said contributed in boosting the growth of education and human capacity development in the state.
Dickson expressed gratitude to persons who attended the event from within and outside the state, the chiefs and people of Amassoma.
The State Commissioner for Information, Jonathan Obuebite, said without the late Alamieyeseigha, Bayelsa would not have been where it is today.
Also speaking, Eradiri urged President Muhammadu Buhari to former presidents who personally negotiated with the region without proxies.
He also reiterated his call on the Federal Government to stop what he described as unwarranted attack and harassment of former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience.
He claimed that the trial of Mrs. Jonathan by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) showed disrespect for the Ijaw nation.
Reviewing a book titled, Alamieyeseigha: The Man, The Legend, Chief Willie Bozimo described the late former governor as a freedom fighter of the region.
Bozimo said the 20-chapter book written by Gesikeme Akprakasa in a conversational style, contained the documented memoirs and interviews of the late Alamieyeseigha.


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