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Alamieyesigha was a social transformer – Goodluck Jonathan




Late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the demise of the first civilian governor of Bayelsa, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, was a personal loss to him, as he described him as a social transformer of the state and the society.

Alamieyeseigha was laid to rest on Saturday at his country home in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Jonathan spoke on Sunday at a thanksgiving service attended by former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, the first Military Governor of old Rivers State, Alfred Diete-Spiff, Speaker of Bayelsa Assembly, Konbowei Benson, State Chief Judge, Kate Abiri, Ijaw National Congress President, Boma Obuoforibo.

Others at the service were Ijaw Youth Council President, Udengs Eradiri, and government officials.

The service was in honour of late Alamieyeseigha, fondly called the Governor-General of Ijaw nation at the Saint Peters Anglican Church in Yenagoa.

Jonathan said Alamieyeseigha would forever be remembered as his political mentor and leader and that his legacy would remain on the sands of time.

The former president added that while some people do not live their name, Alamieyeseigha lived his full names.

He explained that “the name Solomon means peace and wisdom, while Peter means rock or fearless, and Alamieyeseigha was indeed endowed with uncommon wisdom, exhibited peace and stood for justice, fairness and equity.”

He noted that Alamieyeseigha was an astute politician and leader that could never be intimidated when he was convinced about the truth or what was right and just to move society forward.

“Alamieyeseigha laid the foundation and his achievements still dot every nook and cranny of Bayelsa; even the re-designing and re-building of this cathedral (Saint Peter’s Anglican Church) was Alamieyeseigha’s legacy” Jonathan said.

According to him, Alamieyeseigha changed the state’s acronym from Pride of the Nation to Glory of All Land.

On his part, Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa described the late former governor as his pillar of strength, especially during his electioneering campaign when Alamieyeseigha served in different reconciliation committees to bring members of the PDP in the state and Ijaw people together.

He said that a major vacuum had been created by the demise and confessed that his campaign experienced its lowest moment when the death of Alamieyeseigha filtered into the state.

He lauded the people of the state who stood in solidarity with him during the 2015 poll and enjoined them to imbibe the character, virtues and forthrightness of Alamieyeseigha, whom he said was unparalleled and absolute toward the betterment of Ijaw people and the unity of all Nigerians.

Dickson prayed that God should bless Ijaw nation with many more people like Alamieyeseigha that would stand and defend her integrity.

In his remark, Bishop Oko Jaja of the Anglican Church admonished the people to emulate Alamieyeseigha who lived his life as “a candle in the wind,” adding that he was a selfless politician.

Oko noted that Alamieyeseigha was God fearing and dedicated the state to God while he was in office as governor; and prayed God to grant the wife, Margaret Alamieyeseigha and the children, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. nene+

    April 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I will sit and watch hypocrites kneeling for Tinubu, Atiku, Fasola,Ambode,Buhari,Oshiomole, Aisha,Iara,Tambuwal,Amaechi,Fayemi, etc open their rotten mouth to call Alamasiagha a thief.

    Who in Nigeria is innocent, not to talk of politicians?

    That does not mean Alamesiagha was innocent-may his soul rest in peace but some commenters here dated them or his likes, did expo in their jamb, slept with their bosses to be promoted, slept with people to buy I phone, accommodation, cars,holidays meet target, get a job, buy luxury bag etc

    Fight against corruption in Nigeria is simply a fight against your enemy cos both the fighter and the fight(ee) stole.

    Since i existed in Nigeria, i haven’t seen an innocent politician. I will appreciate if you can tell me one. Not even the one with several mud houses all -wink- all na wash.

    • Yetu

      April 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Well James Ibori might be a thief but u can see what he did in delta state and still remains the best govenor…. Bayelsa is so run down which is a shame really but anyone to praise him or GEJ…if u cant even give ur people the basis why are u there

    • Pretty girl

      April 12, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Abeg wetin ibori do for delta state pls tell me

    • Fani

      April 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      So the point of your story is no one should be persecuted for stealing public money right? And we should go ahead and celebrate even the ones caught since they are all guilty Abi? Since we are also guilty of many things and there are many caught thieves , murderers and rapists we can as well open the prison gates and let them all go! You are the biggest joke on Bella Naija! Tribalism will not let you have sense ! It’s pathetic how tribalism can turn someone into this!

    • Fani

      April 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm


    • nene+

      April 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      What are you saying this illiterate. Is nene an Ijaw name?
      Am i an Ijaw?

      Bigotry makes people like you foolish

    • Somebody

      April 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Don’t mind them o! especially that Tinubu of a man. They can never see anything wrong in him. Shame.

  2. akin

    April 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Na because they are together

  3. segun

    April 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    they chop nigeria money together

  4. segun

    April 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Am not surprised that jonathan can talk like that because they both looted nigeria money

    • nene+

      April 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Segun bounced upon entering of Oriental hotel VI sweating after trekking for no fuel.

      He begs the security to enable him see Asiwaju for a job but screams GEJ and Alamesiagha looted Nigeria dre.

      What a HUMBUG!!!

    • Bola

      April 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Na so madness dey start Nene. Make your point and leave the guy to his, you are really pathetic running up and down defending politicians you’ve already said are all thieves. That someone says GEJ is a thief untomatically means he supports Tinubu in your bigoted mind?

    • na wa

      April 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      The madness don already start. I pretty much can picture her tearing off her hair whenever she is commenting on any political post. Insanity comes in various shapes unfortunately

  5. Truth-be-told

    April 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Indeed, he is all this and much more. They could not have described him any better; for those who TRULY knew him anyway.

    • nene+

      April 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Bola what do you call your inability to allow my comment be and simply make yours and move on? No wonder only mad people think every one is mad.

      Allow Segun speak you are not his mouth piece.

    • or

      April 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Bola or what ever you call your self you are the greatest zombie.

      Go back and point out your criticism against APC or any Yoruba for that matter.

  6. dhoney

    April 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    May be nene na one of their runs babes ahahahah. what a daft.

    • nene+ fan

      April 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      runs babes ke? if only you know nene? sure you don’t qualify to wash her bathroom.
      Nene has been married for a decade. runs girl ke. laughable

    • huh

      April 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      “qualify to wash her bathroom” ??? huh?

      You’ve just shown your level of illiteracy, mehn. I don’t even know where to start from with you. Your mentality needs a SERIOUS UPGRADE

  7. chidi

    April 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Whether Alamieyesigha or Gej or anybody. I always tell Nigerians “nobody is perfect,Nobody is innocent.we like discussing politics and politicians and we forget we all have that criminal instinct unless u ve nt been placed where u can loot bt if u ve been placed where u hav 100percent opportunity to loot my dear Nigerians u will loot more than this politicians ,the issue is that we ve nt been “opportuned to be in a political position were you see and deal with money I put it to you that if opportunity is been given to any of us we will do more than the politicians we castigate.and dats why I dnt incline my ears to all this.

  8. Las

    April 11, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Yes, he was indeed. He made cross-dressing fashionable again. Based on this a lot of cross-dressers in Nigeria finally found their voice. We must all be grateful for that.

    • nene

      April 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm


  9. mee

    April 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    yes its true,he transformed public funds into private funds…all na transformer athink -_-

  10. NG

    April 11, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Anything GEJ raises the ire of many of you, but please can you give us a breather! If you refuse to call all thieves ‘thieves’ and reserve your most foul-mouthed abuses for some and treat others with levity then be ready for more accusations of ‘tribalism’ against a lot of us.

    I was here when Deziani’s fellow woman was featured talking down on the rest of us about how to become the most famous and richest of amazons and you all hardly raised a whimper, never mind that Deziani can at least claim she needed some loot ( if for argument sake we say she dipped hands in our common purse, which is not yet established) to help clean her father’s farmland devasted by operations that looted her people’s resources for the enjoyment of others besides themselves.

    For your information, writing without fact, I visited Bayelsa and the people wil point out that major developments in that state, with very difficult terrain for construction, were maily handled by Alams. Not by ‘saintly’ Sylva.

    If we are all ready to call-out our rogue leaders, fine, but selective castigating will set us against each other, all take note.

    Would I have believed a day would come when I will spend precious minutes saying anything suggestive of praise words for Alams. How far we have come in Naigeria!

  11. Benito

    April 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    And that’s why Jonathan is a social buffoon/ moron.

    • Word

      April 12, 2016 at 12:33 am

      Benito , you are a goat. Respect your elders. You can criticize without being disrespectful !

  12. nikky

    April 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing to say that a thief is a thief. Did Alamieyeseigha steal? Yes.
    Did he evade arrest London by allegedly cross dressing as a woman yes.
    He did a fraction of what he was supposed to I a the governor of Bayelsa. He does not deserve to be praised for doing his job.

    • Word

      April 12, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Dear Nikky, everybody deserves a praise for doing their job. I get a praise for areas during yearly performance evaluation. If I do well, I get a huge bonus. We all like to be appreciated.

  13. nnenne

    April 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    For all of you screaming GEJ and Alams go and find out how much the Naira was once worth more than the Dollar and ask your self what Nigerian leaders then did with the money.

    Selective prosecution is a crime.
    Nigeria has been corrupt even before PDP got here.
    Prosecute one, prosecute all.

    You are not a tribalism and you hide your own?

    Everyone was screaming Dizeani but who mentioned Dasuki’s name?
    Now we know.
    May be many are worst than him but he got exposed because of his relationship with Buhari.

    People rioted for removal of subsidy but calm when they should really riot.

    Tribalism and hypocrisy are real in Nigeria.

  14. Ibrahim adamu

    April 24, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Social transformer in did it just like father like son with himself Jonathan Gluck.

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