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Bayelsa State Governor to Honour Two Controversial Past Leaders – Diepriye Alamieyeseigha & late Sani Abacha

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To mark Nigeria’s Independence and the 16th anniversary of the creation of Bayelsa State, the governor, Seriake Dickson made some shocking announcements yesterday.

In a statewide broadcast, he announced that he will honour some controversial people: the  former governor Diepriye Alamieyeseigha and ex-military dictator, late Sani Abacha.

According to the governor, Mr. Alamieyeseigha, who has also been indicted of corrupt activities in England and the United States, will be honoured for his “commitment to the Ijaw struggle”.

The controversial former governor, Mr. Alamieyeseigha has had a string of criminal charges. In July 2007, he pleaded guilty to a six- count corruption charge before a Nigerian court and was sentenced to two years in prison on each count. He also once jumped bail in the UK in December 2005 and absconded by allegedly disguising as a woman. He was also charged with money laundering when the London Metropolitan Police found about N253 million in cash in his London home. He is still a wanted man in the UK.

The second person, late Sani Abacha, he said, would be immortalized for creating the state of Bayelsa. Bayelsa was created 16 years ago when Gen. Sani Abachi in a national broadcast announced its creation from the old Rivers State.

The late Abacha is a former dictator who has been indicted of looting Nigeria’s treasury. Several millions of dollars has been recovered from him and he was said to have ordered the murder of late Kudirat Abiola.

Premium Times reports that an auditorium in the Ijaw National Congress, INC, secretariat, built by the state, will be named after Mr. Alamieyeseigha . Similarly, a planned 150-duplex housing estate would be named after Mr. Abacha.

The Bayelsa state governor is gradually building a reputation as a controversy loving governor. His recent appointment of Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan as permanent secretary in the state raised a lot of eyebrows. And now this!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

24 Comments

  1. NNENNE

    October 2, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Honoring Sani Abacha? For what? Sleeping with many Indian prostitutes at once?
    Only in Nigeria!

  2. Man of Native God

    October 2, 2012 at 2:20 am

    “The second person, late Sani Abacha, he said, would be immortalized for creating the state of Bayelsa. Bayelsa was created 16 years ago when Gen. Sani Abachi in a national broadcast announced its creation from the old Rivers State.”

    So he wants to “immortalize” Abacha? For what–creating Bayelsa State? Why hasn’t he tried to “immortalize” God for creating him and his family? It is only in Niger Area we celebrate and immortalize corruption leaders.

    Rubbish.

    Man of Native God

  3. Speak Easy!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Wonder why we keep on tolerating nonsense in this country. A man like Abacha infamous nationwide for his wickedness and cruelty now to be honoured just because he created Bayelsa state? Should we now also celebrate Satan because he gives some people wealth? Evil is evil and must NEVER be celebrated how much less, “immortalized”. (www.LiveSpeech.org)

  4. JayJay

    October 2, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Wise man. This was just the best strategy to steal more money wivout people noticing it. 150 duplex ko, boys quarters ni. He will then say it has state of art facilities and affordable for all ( his oda committe people who helped pull it off). We know the trick Sir. So dnt worry. U didnt have 2 trouble dese pple. Dey have/had alot on deir plate 4 u 2 add dis 1. RUBBISH!

  5. Concerned

    October 2, 2012 at 3:30 am

    As bad as immortalizing the late dictator may sound, has anyone taken time to reflect that the so called Abacha was less of a thief compared to the criminal we have today as governors, senators and members of house of representatives?

    • oyin

      October 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

      And how exactly do you know this oh!

  6. lolly

    October 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

    disgusting piece of shizzzzzz… he is one of the many thugs that call themselves leaders of the country, I’ve seen him in action… Nigerian politicians make me sick to my stomach.

  7. Suuidsaidl

    October 2, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I’m sick and tired of these so called – leaders. What the – is this -?!

  8. Sansarai

    October 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I…just…can’t. Nigeria is really and truly a banana republic. What a farce of a nation!

  9. kuincy

    October 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. Watch this man he’s already still the state money,he’s only preparing ground himself…-. We this country even get to the promised land with this sets of leaders?

  10. chinasa

    October 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Arise o’compatriots..Niaja call obey.hahahahahaha…..everythin is possible in naija…anybody can wake up and say what he likes so far he is in power…no shakin.

  11. mii

    October 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    omG! dis is unbelievable…

  12. 'Alex'andyRaH!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Abacha of all people!!! RUBBISH!!!

  13. Na wa o!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I’m speechless! Anything goes in Nigeria.

  14. Jen...

    October 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    A sham of a country!!! Tufia!!!

    Who will be our ‘Jerry Rawlings’ Biko nu?

  15. lollipop

    October 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again……. Seriake Dickson needs help. he is running bayelsa state as if it is his house and i am sure he has the backing of political godfathers. First Patie as Perm Sec and now these 2 criminals …… SMH

  16. i no send

    October 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

    @sansarai and jen…….i jus tire….no words

  17. Thelma

    October 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    We are giving him what he craves for most: ATTENTION. Better to let him continue in the foolishness he is creating without making him importanat because he is not.

  18. Purpleicious Babe

    October 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Foolishness is truly a MENTAL DISEASE….

    Now we can see its victims clearly… of all the strategies???

    seriously, some people need flogging and serious “facing the wall” punishment..

    I cant even critique his view cos its like giving a GOAT a SCHOLARSHIP.

    http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

  19. myownshow

    October 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    It is not a surprise at all. I was at a function in Ghana organised by the Nigerian High Commission where a Nigerian student who won best student prize in Ghana was given a special prize, presented by Olabode George, who had just been released from jail for corruption.!!!

  20. Altold

    October 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Dickson is becoming too controvercial, if not, why does he approve and use a flag for his state and other sovereign insignia.

  21. ihuoma

    October 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    May his children loot him and handle his house the way those men did Nigeria.

  22. Adimie

    October 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Sani Abacha and DSP Alamieyesigha need to be honoured in Bayelsa down to our children. You don’t know bcus u r not an Ijaw man neither do u notice d ijaw man b4 1996. You called Abacha and Alamieyesigha corrupt bcus our law says so, is it not? Abacha is today called a corrupt man bcus he is dead. DSP is called a corrupt man today bcus he stood against OBJ third term ambition. The ppl of Bayelsa know what they r doing.

  23. Sonicho

    October 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    And maybe this nutty gov. wants to immortalized Abacha for killing Ken Saro Wiwa and 9 others.

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