In a significant tribute, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, extended praise to Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, for his commendable performance and the state’s strides in various development areas. Speaking at the 12th Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day, Obasanjo commended Governor Diri for building upon the legacies of his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, and contributing to the state’s peace, security, and political stability.
During the event at the Ecumenical Center in Igbogene-Yenagoa, the 86-year-old former president acknowledged the remarkable peace in Bayelsa, emphasizing the importance of replicating such harmony nationwide. Chief Obasanjo expressed that peace without security is incomplete, and Bayelsa stands as an example with its blend of security, peace, and stability.
Governor Diri, in response, thanked Obasanjo for his presence and attributed his achievements to the support of Bayelsans and divine grace. Diri highlighted the state’s commitment to peace, development, and progress, acknowledging the foundation laid by the former governor, Senator Seriake Dickson.
Senator Dickson, the immediate past governor, expressed gratitude for Diri’s continuity of his administration’s legacies. He commended the governor for sustaining projects such as road developments, annual thanksgiving, morning devotion in Government House, and monthly praise nights.
The guest preacher, Pastor Lazarus Muoka of The Lord’s Chosen, described Bayelsa as a blessed land with abundant mineral resources. He praised the state for dedicating a special Thanksgiving day to appreciate God’s blessings.
In a separate development, Chief Obasanjo inaugurated the second phase of the Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie senatorial road, recognizing the importance of continuity in development projects. The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Moses Teibowei, provided details of the road project, highlighting its significance in addressing development challenges.
Dignitaries present at the thanksgiving included Governor Diri’s wife, Dr. Gloria Diri, Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Head of Service in Rivers State, Dr. George Nwaeke, and various other political, religious, and community leaders. The event showcased the collective commitment to sustaining development and fostering a peaceful and prosperous Bayelsa.