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Nigeria’s political structure on the brink, bishop warns

•Extols Alaere Alaibe at memorial service

By Samuel  Oyadongha

Yenagoa – The Bishop of Bomadi Vicariate, Hyacinth Egbebo, yesterday, lamented the state of affairs in the country, saying the nation’s political structure was on the brink.

He submitted that if this was allowed to happen, members of the National Assembly would be held responsible.
Also, former Bayelsa State governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has asked those against Vice President Goodluck Jonathan being sworn-in as acting president to tell the world what they have against him.

Egbebo, who spoke at the one year memorial service for late Mrs. Alaere Alaibe, wife of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Chief Timi Alaibe, at Opokuma in the Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government area of Bayelsa State, bemoaned the state of the nation saying Nigeria is gradually drifting into anarchy. He noted that the lawmakers had failed the nation as they had left what to be done in terms of governance as well as representation of the interest of the people undone.

His words, “Senators, you are not giving us the kind of leadership required of you and if anything happens, you will be held liable.

“Majority of you have deviated from the oath you sworn-in as you are busying accumulating wealth at the detriment of the people while the region, you represented are left undeveloped.

“People are dying daily as a result of outbreak of epidemics but instead of addressing their needs, you are developing already developed nation with our resources.”

Condemning the situation in the country where those in position of authority are only interested in themselves he urged Nigerians to imbibe the exemplary conduct of late Mrs. Alaere who spent her life touching the lives of the less privileged and the needy in society.

He urged the people to continue to promote the ideals of the deceased wife of the Special Adviser to the President.

Also speaking on the state of the nation, Alamieyeseigha challenged those against the vice president being sworn-in as acting president to tell the world what they have against him.

The former governor, in an interview shortly after the memorial service in honour of late Mrs. Alaibe,  said since both men came to power under a joint ticket, then it behoves on those concerned to swear-in Jonathan as acting president in the interest of the nation.

“We are just over heating the system for nothing. You and somebody got into an office with a joint ticket and the constitution is very clear that in the absence of the principal’s the vice president should act, so what is there?,” he said.

According to him, the way forward for the country is to restore things back to their normal position by doing the right things.

In his remarks, Chief Timi Alaibe thanked the people for their support during his trying period.

Present at the occasion are the deputy governor of Rivers State, Engr Tele Ikuru; Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Sam Amuka;  Senators Heineken Lokpobiri, Emmanuel Paulker, Nimi Barigha Amange; JTF Commander, General Zarkin Bello; Mr. Austin Okpara; King Alfred Diete Spiff; King Joshua Igbagara and host of others


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