Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the creation of Bayelsa State, Governor Douye Diri, has expressed appreciation to the late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, for listening to the yearnings of the people and creating the state on October 1, 1996.
He stated this during a thanksgiving service organised to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence and Bayelsa 25th anniversary at the King of Glory Chapel at the Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor noted that as the only homogeneous Ijaw State, the people remain grateful to the late Abacha, for that singular decision which today has paid off.
While eulogising Abacha, the Governor noted that the late Head of State remained a hero to people of the state and indeed the Ijaw nation.
He said: “Let me use this medium to thank one man. He may not be popular in Nigeria but to me and all of us Bayelsans, we see him as a great man, a hero. The man who by the stroke of the pen signed the creation of Bayelsa State. I am talking about the late General Sani Abacha.
“We acknowledge him as a state and people. By his singular assent, he created this state with just eight local government areas, which was less than the constitutional requirements”.
Speaking on Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary, he called on the Federal Government to ensure justice and equity in the distribution of resources in the country.
Diri expressed dissatisfaction with the present lopsided federal structure where the Federal Government takes resources from states and decides what is given to each state at the end of every month.
The thanksgiving service had in attendance, the First Lady, Dr. Mrs Gloria Diri, the state deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Secretary to the State Government, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday Benson, other members of the State Executive Council, members of the State House of Assembly and officials of the State Judiciary, among others.