Praises amidst tears were the dominant acts at the burial of frontline chieftain of Ijaw nation and former Bayelsa State, DSP Diepreye Alamieyeseigha at his country home Amassoma, yesterday.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who lamented the circumstances surrounding Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha’s death, said his sudden departure left a bitter taste in the memory of Ijaw people.
He averred that Alamieyeseigha bequeathed visionary leadership, which comprises peace, social integration and unity, education and infrastructure development to Bayelsa state, stressing that his vision was demonstrated with his founding of the Niger Delta University.
Acting National chairman of the PDP Alhaji Ali Modu Sherrif described Alamieyeseigha as a detribalized Nigerian who believed in the cause and emancipation of his people, regretted that he was persecuted because he believed in a cause.
“Nigeria is unfair to Bayelsa State, a state that produces 50 percent of oil, in this country. DSP believes in true federalism, and from today, I will believe everything about what he said. I promise to join hands to develop this state in my own way.”
Speaking on the topic “Fear God and Keep His commandment”, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja Emmanuel Bishop of the Niger Delta West Diocese of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, charged people to fear God and obey his commandments as God is not a respecter of persons, stressing that earthly all things is vanity.
Governor Seriake Dickson described Alamieyeseigha as a great man who believed in his people, assuring that his place is secured in the annals of history of Bayelsa state and Ijaw nation, adding that the people are consoled with what he believed and stood for.
Funeral, which conducted at secondary school field, Amassoma, Southern-Ijaw Local government area of Bayelsa state, was a carnival as tears flew freely with relatives, kinsmen and political associates tried in vain to hold their tears but could not as they wept for their fallen hero.
His kinsmen defied the heavy down pour as they sang, drummed and danced all day whilst the funeral lasted.
Former President Jonathan led other dignitaries including his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan; acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Alli Modu Sheriff; acting BoT chairman of PDP, Alhaji Jibril Aminu; Senator Godswill Akpabio; Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and former governor of Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame.
Others include former senate president, Aldolphos Wabara, Senator James Manager, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Prof. Kimse Koko, Prof. Lawrence Ekpebu, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Chief Uche Secondus, Minority Leader House of Representatives Leo Ogor, deputy governor of Delta State, Amos Utuaro and his Nasarawa State counterpart, traditional rulers across the Niger Delta among other dignitaries from all walks of life.
A major highlight of the funeral was the reading of former Delta State governor, James Ibori’s emotion laden letter to the Alamieyeseigha, which further provoked emotions from the dignitaries.