Tears, encomiums as Alamieyeseigha is laid to rest
Amidst tears, encomiums and tributes Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, was finally laid to rest yesterday at his county home in Amasomma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The road to his final interment, which began on Thursday, culminated in a commendation service at St, Stephen’s Anglican Church, Amasomma, before he was finally laid to rest in his compound.
Though most of the past and present governors of the Niger Delta region failed to turn up for the ceremony, the roll call of personalities at the occasion was a reflection of how detribalised the late Alamsieyeseigha was in his lifetime.
Led by former President Goodluck Jonathan, the list of dignitaries included the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), National Chairman, Senator Modu Sheriff, Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Akwa Ibom and senate minority leader, Goodswill Akpabio, minority leader, Leo Ogor and former governor of Nassarawa state.
Others at the funeral were the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsly Otuaro, Senator Adolpus Wabara, Ibrahim Mantu, Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril, Senator Foster Ogola, and Senator Paulker.
In his remark Jonathan, said although death was a necessary end, the death of Chief Alamieyeseigha has left bitter memories for him and the Ijaw nation
“Alamieyeseigha gave us three things: one was the vision, the second was peace, social integration and unity, while the third one was infrastructural development. The vision is in education. He established the Niger Delta University, NDU, and other institutions. He believed that without education, you cannot propel your people. So he was somebody who took education seriously, that was his vision for his people. The next is peace, social integration and unity.”
Also speaking, Sherif described the late Alamieyeseigha as detribalised Nigerian, who believed in the emancipation of his people.The PDP chairman described Alamieyeseigha as his brother and a friend. .
Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, described the late governor as a man who believed in one Nigeria and a bridge builder.
“A bridge builder has departed in our state; a man who knows what is right and just. We know we have lost a true hero, but we have put ourselves together and prayed for his gentle soul to rest in peace,” he said.
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