Immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has stated that if not for the support he enjoyed from the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepriye Alamieyeseigha, he would not have been the nation’s President.
While ensuring the Alamieyeseighas, particularly the widow and children, of his continued support, Jonathan stated that without the role the late acclaimed Governor-General of the Ijaw nation, played in his life, he would not have risen to become the President of Nigeria.
Narrating how he got to know the late politician and how their relationship grew afterwards, he said, “I knew Alamieyeseigha during the UNCP days, when we were working for him. I never knew I was going to be his deputy governor because that was not my interest then.
“From that time, the political evolution in the country and the state brought me to run with him. From 1999, we had been together. He always took me as his younger brother.
“Our relationship was not that of a governor and his deputy but that of an elder and a younger brother.
“Alamieyeseigha meant well for Bayelsans; stood very firmly for the Ijaw people and wanted to advance the South-South. He’s somebody we’ve collectively missed.”
The former President assured the Bayelsa State Government and members of the family of the late Alamieyeseigha of his commitment to the efforts geared towards giving the departed Ijaw leader a befitting state burial.
He was accompanied on the visit by Governor Seriake Dickson, his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) and other dignitaries.