Former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Time Alaibe has described as sad and undeserving, the death of Seidougha Taribi, the Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Mobilisation to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, and the Government House Photographer, Reginald Dei, both of whom were buried last weekend.
The two were murdered last month in their respective homes in Oweikoroagha, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on the day of the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
In a statement issued yesterday, Alaibe said the murders were not only a loss to the people of Bayelsa State and Nigeria but a sad commentary on Nigeria’s democracy.
He stated that more painful was the fact that many weeks after the assassination of the two Nigerians, no one has been arrested and prosecuted, adding that the killing speaks to the level of insecurity in the country and at the same time, the reduction of life to nothingness.
He noted that no Nigerian, no matter where he comes from and no matter his or her political leaning, deserves to be murdered and forgotten.
“The killing of these two illustrious sons of our state on the day of the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections was not only a loss for Bayelsa but a sad commentary on Nigeria’s democracy.
“Till date, the people of Bayelsa and other Nigerians are appalled that those who murdered these innocent Nigerians on a day they were to perform their civic responsibilities have not been apprehended and prosecuted. This calls to question the impartiality of our security agencies and their readiness to enhance the faith of the Nigerian people in their operations.
“The penchant for allowing such crimes to die without investigation and prosecution of those responsible is condemnable as it promotes the culture of violence and impunity in our polity. The family of the deceased deserve justice—not just in words but in reality. Therefore, security agencies and the Federal Government must view what happened beyond the biased view-lens of political partisanship.
“The day-light killing of the two harmless public officers in their respective homes in Oweikoroagha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, speaks to the level of insecurity in the country and at the same time, the reduction of life to nothingness. No Nigerian, no matter where he comes from and no matter his or her political leaning, deserves to be murdered and forgotten; just like that.
“As we mourn these fallen heroes, I must commend Governor Dickson, for supporting their families and for speaking the truth to those in power on the matter. For us as Nigerians, the incident should also be seen not only as a threat to democratic ideals but as a challenge for more commitment towards having an electoral process that is devoid of bitterness and violence.
“To the Bayelsa people, as we mourn our two brothers, let us develop a clearer vision and let their undeserved death serve as a fresh motivation to defeat the retrogressive elements among us who are sowing seeds of discord in Ijaw nation. We must rise as one man and declare in no uncertain terms that this must not happen again in Bayelsa State.
“However, in the midst of this, we must be law-abiding. Let this situation not provoke us into unlawful acts. Instead, let us queue behind our Governor and hoist our hopes on the pole of uprightness, obedience to constituted authorities and the upliftment of our people and our state.
“To the families of the departed, accept my deep condolences. For some of us who have lost beloved ones, your physical anguish, mental distress and sense of deprivation are understandable.”
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