The first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, has been described as an icon of the Niger Delta.
The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo made the declaration while commiserating with the families of Alamieyeseigha, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and the good people of Bayelsa State.
According to Banigo, Chief Alamieyeseigha as an icon of Niger Delta who devoted his life in the struggle for improved standard of living and development of the people of Niger Delta.
Banigo noted that the former Bayelsa Patriot was a pace setter in Bayelsa State and a strong voice for the emancipation of Bayelsa State in particular and the South-South people as a whole and, stressed that the late political icon left the scene when he was most needed.
The Deputy governor described Chief Alamieyesigha as a trusted friend and a brother to Rivers people and pray God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In a related development, The president of the Ijaw National Congress, Barrister Boma Obuoforibo also described the former governor as leader per excellence and ‘Iroko tree’ whose death is being felt across the region.
Obuoforibo made the description when he led a delegation of Ijaw Elders and leaders of thought, across the Niger Delta region on a condolence visit to the Bayelsa state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson over the demise of Alamieyeseigha.
The Ijaw leader lamented the passage of Chief Alamieyeseigha, and submitted that in his lifetime, he passionately protected the overriding interest of the Ijaw nation.
Obuoforibo likened the first civilian governor to an Iroko tree that is of immense benefit to the people, and added that his impact will be felt across the region as in his lifetime he was able to rally all Ijaws in diaspora and gave them a sense of belonging, both materially and spiritually.
Commiserating with bereaved family of Alamieyeseigha , Obuoforibo charged the government and the people of the State to bear the painful loss with equanimity.
In his response, Dickson pointed out that Chief Alamieyeseigha laid the foundation of the new Bayelsa State upon which successive administrations, including his administration are building on.
– Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt