By Ephraim Oseji
A former governorship aspirant of the PDP in Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, says Nigeria has lost a gem with the death of former Bayelsa State governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
He said he received the news of the former governor’s demise with great shock, considering that he was not publicly reported to have been gravely ill.
Onuesoke, who spoke at Amassoma, during a condolence visit to the family of Alamieyeseigha, said a former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, was a close friend of Alamieyeseigha, adding that they were in the forefront of the struggle for resource control in the Niger-Delta.
He lamented the death of Alamieyeseigha, describing it as a tragedy and commiserated with his widow, Margaret, the children, Governor Seriake Dickson, the Ijaw nation and the people of Bayelsa, praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
“The sudden death of DSP Alamieyeseigha has robbed the Niger Delta of a committed and dedicated indigene, who was in the forefront of the struggle for the emancipation of the Niger Delta”, Onuesoke stated.
“Although the man’s travails had been on for a long time, hunted here and there by forces motivated by crass politics and personal vendetta, the man had looked as if he would be able to rise above the persecution and allow peace to pervade in his life. It was, however, unfortunate he was unable to withstand the pressure.”