By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, yesterday, put to rest, speculations concerning the actual burial place for late former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi, saying that the remains of the late general would be interred at Heroes Park in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Dickson, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the proposed burial site for the late General Azazi would be the final resting place for all true legends and heroes of the state.
He said: “The Heroes Park will also serve as a monument and historic site, as well as a constant reminder of those that gave their lives to the service of the state and the nation at various times and a source of inspiration to Bayelsans, both present and in the future.
“Great sons of Bayelsa such as late Major Isaac Boro, Ernest Ikoli, amongst others, are to be strategically placed in the Heroes Park as a mark of honour and respect for their selfless and committed service to Bayelsa, the Ijaw nation and Nigeria in general.”
Dickson noted that Heroes Park would also become a unique tourism destination, not only for the Ijaw nation, but for other Nigerians and people from other parts of the world.
Government’s intention, he added, was to make Heroes Park a regular tourist site like the famous Lincoln Memorial and Ground Zero in the United States of America among others.
Meanwhile, a Government House statement says, a number of high profile guests were expected to attend the burial activities of late General Azazi, this weekend in Yenagoa.
Expected to arrive Yenagoa from today are former Heads of State, state governors, members of the National Assembly, top military officers, both serving and retired, as well as members of the diplomatic corps.