BAYELSA: Ijaw Nation has condoled with the Sultan of Sokoto and the government and people of Sokoto state over the death of former President Shehu Shagari. Ijaw Nation sent their heartfelt condolences when the Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, on Thursday, led a high powered delegation of top Ijaw leaders and traditional rulers to Sokoto state.
Dickson described Shagari as a great statesman and leader who belonged to the generation of leaders who designed a progressive alliance between the North and the South South especially the Ijaw nation which was mutually beneficial in the interest of the country.
The Governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that Shagari would be remembered for his uncommon capacity for inclusive and responsive governance and the roads and bridges he built in the Niger Delta as President.
The Bayelsa number one man said, ‘We in the Ijaw nation can still point at legacies, left behind by the administration of our late leader and father, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, which are products of this historic, productive alliance.
“Roads that needed to be built were built, bridges that others did not want to understand the need to build were constructed, appointments that were needed to be made to deserving sons and daughters were made.
“In the old rivers state, we had a Minister of Finance, a Minister of Works in his administration. We had GMD NNPC, we had so many things, everything we needed.
“The Ijaw nation is by this visit reminding the leadership of the North of our historic alliance which has served our nation, our people and the need for us to go back to it, renew it, deepen it, and rework it so that never again do we have a situation, where we have Ijaw sons and daughters thrown out of offices” Dickson said.
The delegation included HRM King Alfred Diette-Spiff, HRM King Luke, King Uwaba, Former Minister òf Aviation, Alabo Tonye Graham Douglas, AVM Larry Koiyan, the President òf the Ijaw National Congress, Professor Joseph Ayenka and the Chairman, Bayelsa Council òf Elders, Chief Francis Kpakula.
Others are, the Former Director General of the Department off State Services, Mr. Matthew Seiyefa, Former Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Broderick Bozimo, and Former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power, Ambassador God knows Igali.
The delegation earlier visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and Shagari family where they were received by received by the eldest son, Alhaji Bala Shagari.
The Sultan while thanking the delegation when he received them in his palace also used the opportunity to is the first to condole with Governor Dickson, on the death of his mother, Ma Goldcoast Dickson.