From UK Prison, James Ibori buys Full Page in Nigerian Newspaper to wish Diepreye Alamieyeseigha a Happy Birthday

Yesterday was the 60th birthday of the former governor of Bayelsa state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and in a move which has been described as  preposterous by most Nigerians, he received a birthday message from imprisoned former Governor James Onafefe Ibori of Delta State  who is currently serving his jail term in the UK.

To congratulate him, Ibori bought a full-page advert in a Nigerian newspaper.  Ibori’s birthday message to Alamieyeseigha appeared on page 16 of The Nation Newspaper of Saturday 17th November 2012, which is owned by former Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State.

Like Ibori, Alamieyeseigha has had a history of corrupt activities. 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 message described  Alamieyeseigha as the “Gov-General of the Ijaw Nation” and was signed “Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Former Governor of Delta State”. In the four paragraph statement, Ibori sympathized with  Alamieyeseigha over the latter’s ostensible persecution. He encouraged the former Bayelsa governor to seek solace in the purported confidence of Ijaw people in him, and expressed confidence that he would be vindicated in future. He concluded by wishing that Alamieyeseigha would enjoy the “rich and rewarding life” he has succeeded in making for himself.

Does anyone also think this is  preposterous?

33 Comments on From UK Prison, James Ibori buys Full Page in Nigerian Newspaper to wish Diepreye Alamieyeseigha a Happy Birthday
  • Theodora November 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Na wah ohhhh…Nigeria my country

  • Ovadje November 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Glad to see there’s still Honor among thieves… LOL!

  • colourfulbutterfly November 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    No, i don’t think so!
    Calm down!

  • Nneka November 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is utterly ridiciulous!

  • Polongo November 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    That is Naija for you…He still has aides working for him…God save our nation

  • e-bukun November 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I find this ridiculous. But it’s Nigeria so I’m not exactly surprised.
    On another note, is this an informative or opinion? It reads like you want your audience to agree that the news is “preposterous.” #cconfused

  • mane November 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    There is nothing preposterous about this. James Ibori still has people working for him. All he had to do was make a call in the prison and order for it to be done. Sure he has access to the Jail phones.

  • tutlamoore November 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Its such a funny world we are,so Sad that we keep seeingthis kind of things__theyre all thieves .One day the thorns will be all be removed from the seed

  • omoibo November 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Only in naija can one criminal behind bars post/send a congratulatory message to another criminal 🙁

    • ejiro November 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Seems a lot of mumus of don’t get this simple point that is being made. thank u jare

  • i no send November 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    @Ovadje exactly…Alams is his boss in thiefdom….so they belong to the same community of thieves

  • Iris November 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    You know… from one thief to another *shrugs*

  • paul November 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Thief congratulates thief. It only happens in Nigeria. How can a convicted criminal be allowed to advertise in a newspaper like “The Nation”. Either they are partners in corruption or Ibori has a stake in the newspaper-and hence arm-twisted them. Almost of them in government in Nigeria are like Ibori and Alamieyeseigha. For their information their day are numbered, the masses would be fed up one day and that would be the last straw, even their Swiss accounts would be useless.

  • iamfascinating November 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    hmmn, God help Nigeria.

  • Jo November 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Jokers of Laive! Go the – on you poverty minded criminals! I’m sure this Ibori with those fat cheeks of his will run for presidency after his release from prison. Money and power hungry people.

  • Bukki November 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm


  • Bucky November 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Pls you guys shuld leave him alone.he is even beta pass som governors now.

    • Jo November 19, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Go and sit down somewhere. You are not serious.

  • kole November 19, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Meaning the guy gave him up for sure…!

  • nelly November 19, 2012 at 4:37 am

    It’s a shame! meanwhile people over here are finished once u have a criminal record, but in Nigeria criminals are celebrated.I can never understanda country like this.

  • NNENNE November 19, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Na so we de doam for Naija!

  • David Bartholomew November 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Birds of feathers do not flock 2geda, bt na same mama born dem

  • Toya Delazy…. November 19, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Is he supposed to buy half page Newspaper? Sometime I don’t like the angle to which BN recount her news story,why seeking for our opinion,when you have already made yours? Watever …

    • Idak November 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

      And what has Tinubu owning The Nation got to do with it?

    • Dayo November 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

      He is not supposed to buy anything, but restitution for the money that he has stolen.

  • Desire November 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    A Lineage of thieves………………

  • simdamsel November 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Naija is a place where criminal have pride and can boast of their criminal activities. Now well known thieves are now proud of themselves. Shame!!!!!!!!

  • Doks November 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

    lol. Na real honour amongst thieves. May God punish them all. Mtchieeww

  • Niyi November 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    A big shame the celebrant should be in jail along with the well wisher! Whatever happened to our values system? In some other sane countries, media houses of repute would not want to have anything to do with such criminals and fraudsters! Only in Naija!

  • tai November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm


  • Dave December 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    In this day & age, criminals are still celebrated in a country like Nigeria? If this was done on Ibori’s facebook page or website(if he has one), it would have been a different story entirely. But for this to happen on the page of a newspaper like The Nation, is a shame!!! No media house with a good value system would want to do business with a well-known criminal. The other time, it was Obasanjo(a former president), accompanying Bode George(an ex-convict) to church for his thanksgiving service upon completion of his jail term! What on earth has happened to our value system? This certainly isn’t the Nigeria our past heros’ dreams. God help my beloved nation!!!

  • kings222 March 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

    hmmmmmmm what kind of country is Nigeria en? everything is allowed na woa oooo

  • Daaslo March 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Which prison is former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori in now in UK?

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