UPDATE: Obasanjo Hails Diri Ahead of Guber Election

UPDATE: Obasanjo Hails Diri Ahead of Guber Election

by Victor Ndubuisi

Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president, has praised Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri for the excellent work of his administration.

He added that Diri had combined the work of his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, and that the state was achieving economic success in all areas.

This was said by Obasanjo yesterday at the 12th Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day at the Igbogene-Yenagoa Ecumenical Centre.

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The former president maintained that Nigeria would be a better nation if other states could do what Bayelsa is doing.


According to him, “What I saw is more than what I expected. What you have here in Bayelsa that you have to cherish is peace. Comparatively, you have greater peace than other parts of the country.

“You have security. Peace without security is no peace. Security without peace is no security. Here you have security, you have peace and you have stability.

“If what is happening here is replicated in other states in Nigeria, then we will say we have a good country.”

Governor Diri expressed his gratitude to Obasanjo for respecting and being a part of the state’s people and government.

He credited divine grace and the assistance and collaboration of “Bayelsans” for his accomplishments.

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The governor said, “Bayelsans want peace and development. The former governor laid the foundation upon which we are building and everybody who comes to the state acknowledges the peace and security. So, we cannot go back to the era of violence, impunity and brigandage. The essence of government is to bring peace, development and progress.


“Today, we have added value to the development of Bayelsa. We are embarking on meaningful projects and programmes and we thank God for His grace to do these things.”

He appreciated leaders of the state, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that he would have attended the event if he had not travelled out of the country.



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