By Osa Okhomina,Yenagoa
A former Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has called on the people of Ijaw ethnic nationality to stop destroying themselves and embrace unity.
The former President made the call on Friday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, while paying his tributes to the late formost Ijaw leader and former member of Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Gordon Bozimo.
Bozimo, a former Chairman of the National Youth Service Corps Board, died on June 5, 2017 at a hospital in Arkansas, United States of America at the age of 67.
Jonathan said, ”We must stop destroying ourselves as a people. We are not too many. Things are quite challenging.
”Sometimes, you need to wear the shoes to know where they pinch. I believe that working together, helping ourselves collectively, we will be able to solve some of our problems.”
He said the late Bozimo was a politician who did not believe in assassination of people’s character, noting that though he might disagree with people politically, he usually worked towards what he believed in.
He said with the passing of Bozimo, the Ijaw nation had lost somebody quite unique, quite patriotic, quite committed to the development of the people.
Jonathan added, ”At the political level, Bozimo was like a political giant among a few elders that were in the Peoples Democratic Party in terms of his national connections and he was committed to the party.
”In fact, he played a key role in ensuring that I became a running mate to Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and also the victory of Alamieyeseigha in 1999 elections.
”Since then, I have been close to Bozimo, even through turbulent periods. The state has always passed through a fever. In fact, politics is about interest.”
On his part, Governor Seriake Dickson described Bozimo as a true Ijaw son who gave his best to the service of the nation.
He seized the opportunity of the tributes to call on people of Bayelsa to key into a new Bayelsa which has as its fulcrum honour and respect for one another.
He said, ”All I want to say is that everyone of us should key into this new Bayelsa where we honour and respect one another, work together and stop running down one another.”
”Today is not a day of long political speeches; today is not a day for politics no matter the temptation. Today is a day to celebrate unity; it is a day to honour one of our departed leaders and fathers and to remind us how much we all stand to gain working together, respecting one another, honouring one another.”
”In the past six years, unknown to a few people, you have a new Bayelsa founded on solidarity, not a Bayelsa where you stayed away and begin to promote needless discord and issues for no reason, or for some selfish reasons. You have a new Bayelsa here where we do our bits and support and encourage ourselves the little way we can.”
”I found Bozimo a most congenial gentleman, a very intelligent man but a man with keen sense of political strategies, the likes of him,will take time to get.”
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