Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has said that former Delta State governor, James Ibori and the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha were victims of the Niger Delta struggle. Dickson made the comment on Wednesday, April 5, when Ibori paid a visit to the Government House in Yenagoa.

“Both
of you are victims of the Niger Delta struggle. You brought our people
together to ensure fiscal federalism, resource control and other issues.
You did very well,”
Dickson said.

“You
and your late brother were victims in the struggle. He was harassed and
hounded to his untimely death. But the Ijaw nation cannot be
intimidated. We will work with allies and friends to stand up for the
right causes. We lost him at a most difficult time.”

 “Nobody
in this nation will build and sustain leaders for us. Let’s learn from
others. Can we say their leaders are better than ours? They were
celebrating when he died.

“Their
calculation was to intimidate us and make southern Ijaw a battleground.
With the resilience of our people, we won. You are not just a leader of
Delta State. You are our leader. Niger Delta cannot stand in
isolation,”
he added

Ibori, on his
part, said he was in Yenagoa, “to commiserate with the people and
Government of Bayelsa State over the loss of my dear friend, brother,
comrade and soul mate, who died a year ago.”

Alamieyeseigha, a former Bayelsa governor, died of a supposed cardiac arrest in October 2015.

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