Gov. Okowa, Oshiomhole, others honour Ibori

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James Ibori

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Delta people to engage in actions that will strengthen the bond of unity no matter the political divide.

Mr. Okowa made the call on Saturday at Owhelogbo, Isoko North local government area of Delta State at a reception organised in honour of former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, by Ovuozourie Macaulay.

According to the governor, “the more united we are, the better for our state, we should play politics that will engender unity.”

“Most of us have being looking forward to an event like this where our leader is honoured, there is no doubt that Chief Ibori is a leader in its true sense, he built a strong political family and by the grace of God, the leadership of the state today is still within the family, the family is still intact and most of the things we have achieved in the state today can be traced to the foundation laid by him,” Mr. Okowa said.

He added, “I must thank him for laying a foundation that we are building on, there is no state in the country today that has the type of road infrastructure we have in Delta State, Chief Ibori has a big heart, he is bold.”

Mr. Ibori thanked Mr. Macaulay for organising the reception and urged leaders in the country to be courageous in standing on the part of the constitution and working for the people.

“When you are in office, people will abuse you, allow them, that is the beauty of democracy, you must be courageous to stay on the part of the people, no matter the price; if there is any constitution breach, you must stand up and oppose it,” Mr. Ibori said, “as an elder statesman, I will be happy if this democracy which we all fought for is deepened.”

The immediate past governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, urged the people to avoid pulling down those who are in position of authority, rather, such people should be encouraged to succeed.

“Chief James Ibori is up and he will never go down again,” he said.

A former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, in his speech, described Mr. Ibori as a bridge builder while Mr. Macaulay said the event was in honour of “a giant in the struggle, a resilient fighter for the rights of the Nigerian workers and the masses, a courageous and selfless social crusader.”

The chairman of the occasion, Alexander Ogomudia, thanked God for the life of Mr. Ibori and commended Mr. Macaulay for organising the event.

Mr. Ibori’s deputy, Benjamin Elue; former acting governor of Delta State, Sam Obi; a former chief of naval staff, Dele Ezeoba; a former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Victor Ochei, among others, attended the ceremony.

Mr. Ibori was also jailed in the United Kingdom for stealing $250 million as governor.

He returned to Nigeria in 2016 after serving his term.


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  • Tunsj

    Wow! Honoring a rogue that stole $250 million as Governor? All of you should be ashamed of yourselves. What a country!

    • Julius

      Well, It’s Buhari’s fault, abi .

      • Tunsj

        No. I’m talking about those people honoring Master Rogue Ibori.

        • Kallah Bature

          The biggest surprise is the presence of Adams Oshiomohole. We know what Ibori is but what is Adams?Well show me your friends and I know who you are.

          • Tunsj

            Agreed. Bunch of rogues.

        • Julius

          I know but you know Buhari’s name will come up one way or the other. lolz

          • emmanuel

            Buahri’s is a master in the game. His generation from 1977 taught these younger people how to steal government money and still stand tall.
            He also perfected the act of certificate forgery which his young name sake in the then House of Reps (Salisu Buhari) could not survive.
            I understand some schools are attempting to introduce corruption into their curriculum, my take is that Buhari be made pro-chancellor for that course alone, because of his unblemished records

        • Julius

          Got ya ! , you are right. Respect

    • emmanuel

      Unfortunately for you Ibori’s twin brother Tinubu in Lagos is celebrated by you.
      You have no shame, integrity or any iota of godliness. Your are a tribal jingoist and a pretentious lover of Nigeria.
      People have had to protect their own, since in South West Nigeria, all rogues are brothers and must be protected. shame.

      • Almustapha Nurudeen

        The most unfortunate thing is having presumably educated people that counter incontrovertible accusations with defences that others have also got same criminals in their family. Why do we cry and demand change and accountability but hypocritically insist that our kith and kin should be exempted? Ibori is a criminal that has been documented as a real convicted felon,so why celebrate him? Had ibori,since his return from British jail been contrite and remorsefully owned up to his misdeeds, people should have been charitable enough to recognize and forgive a repentant human. But no,ibori has not once agreed that he had committed any offence,because he has people like you,that have the conscience that is willing and able to defend him. What a calamity!

        • Bayo Ola

          Nice

        • Keen Observer

          Hmmm, very reasonable!

        • emmanuel

          I have never taken side with Ibori, because he establshed a dynasty of crooks who have plundered Delta state since inception.
          But i am begining to have a rethink, as people a wont to support their own. What is the difference between Ibori and Maina, Baru, Diezani, Burutai, Dambazzau and the Liar Mohammend who collected N15 million in November 2015 for his purported trip to China?
          If the face of our fighting corruption is against certain people, then we better leave with it. Apart from Dasuki, who from your part of the world is on trial for corruption?

      • Tunsj

        You got it wrong. I do not support Tinubu. Tinubu is just like Ibori. Got it? Next time, think twice before you post your comment.

    • Otile

      Was Kabiyesi Bode George not carried shoulder high and given hero’s welcome after he served his time? Were you and your tribesmen put to shame while you were hip-dancing and celebrating his loot? Is he not the de-facto head of PDP today? Knock off hypocrisy.

      • Quantumspirit666

        So that makes it right for assholes like YOU to worship YOUR oppressors and thieves.

        • NotTooComplicated

          Good reasoning.

        • Otile

          A stinking asshole like you must get it into your numskull that I worship no parasites “oppressors and thieves” as you call them.

          • Quantumspirit666

            But YOU worship your mothers smelly shity asshole.Thats enough.

      • Shift Luther

        is bode George an exconvict or was it overturned by Supreme Court

        • Otile

          Did he serve his time or not after a lengthy trial?

          • Emmanuel Bello

            He did indeed but he’s still trying to stall the confiscation of his booty stashed away around the globe! Rotten solicitors in London continue to represent him and rip off Nigerians. I don’t know who is worse them or Ibori?

        • A Aminu

          Don’t waste your time on stone hearted people who not think pls. This man is a psychiatric case and you don’t engage a man of such state do you?

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  • Quantumspirit666

    What a COUNTRY!!!!! A ROTTEN PEOPLE!!!!

    • Otile

      A rotten people headed by a rotten comander in chief.

  • Lanre

    Birds of the same feather(s) flock together.

  • A Aminu

    “mr Ibori was jailed in the United Kingdom for stealing $250m” Compared to Mrs Diezianie Madueke, Mr Oke of the NIA, Maina of the PTTC, and Sambo Dasuki, this man is a saint.

    • Keen Observer

      Saint indeed in the eyes of organizers of the party to honor him. Honoring a former prisoner jailed for looting his state treasury while he was a gov. Where is Buhari’s EFCC…..???

      • emmanuel

        We know you, Liar Mohammed’s boy. Your master Liar and Grand Master Buhari are not better. They are all in the same class.
        Infact, the new kids on the block are unrivalled (APC).
        Nigeria is making more money now if full Oil production, doubled crude price and one hundred percent devalued Naira are put together, yet people cannot not run businesses again, there is no money to pay for anything except through borrowing.
        I am sure Ibori would have spread the joy to some people around (the same people who also pay for the profligacies of Ibori today and some dead already), unlike this steal it all gang.
        PDP was share the money and now APC is cabal steal it all.

  • Keen Observer

    It’s only in Delta state of all 36 states in Nigeria that ex convicts (former prisoners jailed for corruption) are honored as HEROs. This is so unfortunate, mischievous & typical of PDP where the intelligent and useful brains are suppressed for the tugs (political gangsters) to be elevated & given a position above the useful.
    More surprising is the former gov of Edo state; alias Osho Baba which many acclaimed to be forthright & upright as a former National Labor leader & 2 time gov of his amiable state.
    The hawks are gathering again to scavenge the remaining flesh (carcass) left in Delta state by the ex convict James Ibori, his cousin Emmanuel Uduaghan and their SSG (now gov) Ifeanyi Okowa.
    For gov Ifeanyi Okowa to declare that Delta state has the best road network in Nigeria means that Delta state is irredeemably in the gallows of PDP, and it portrays the insensitivity of a sitting gov & the bleak future for Delta state. I’m sure Gov Ifeanyi Okowa (current gov of Delta state) does not drive into Warri at all, nor other major cities in Delta state as Ughelli, Sapele, Agbarho etc
    Furthermore with the I-don’t-care posture of EFCC towards Delta state & weak opposition of dormant Chief Ogboru of APC Delta state’s sufferings in the midst of abundance just started. IT’S A GREAT P-I-T-Y
    Which way to go DELTA STATE?
    Which way to go opposition APC?? You have practically been chased into muddy holes by the ex convict James Ibori & his gangs.
    Which way to go Deltans??? Fight for your future; your future & that of your children unborn are being stolen by few strong men & collaborators like Oshiomole (former gov of Edo state) & co.

    • 45Degree

      “…I-don’t-care posture of EFCC towards Delta state…” What can EFCC do when the deltans bastardized REFUSED any cooperation whatsoever with EFCC? There is nothing you can do IF a victim refuses to cooperate with you. I have lost ANY respect for people from Delta state…No apology.

  • Passerby

    Hear the lie: “Mr. Ibori said, “as an elder statesman, I will be happy if this democracy which we all fought for is deepened.” This same Ibori that teamed up with Adekanola to form an association that drummed up support for Abacha to perpetuate himself in power now has the audacity to claim fighting for our democracy. And, a convicted robber calling himself an elder stateman? What would Lawrence Anini say? Wonders shall never end.

  • Apostel

    This is another example of Nigeria’s boundless stupidity.

    • NwaIgbo

      Corruption and Stealing is in our DNA- that’s all. Our children and grand children will learn to steal big and never make the mistake of traveling outside Nigeria. Ex- convict Ibori for President 2019 with Fayose, Wike Wike and Evans as cabinet members.

  • Omire Nobi

    James Ibori is qualified to be our anti-corruption minister. His c.v. is unassailable!

  • Du Covenant

    Why only honour him?, they should just canonise the ex-convict Ibori and leave the rest of us alone!. This is why the rest of the world laughs at us, we deliberately stick to people who do not mean well for all of us and we expect progress?.

    • NwaIgbo

      This country tire me ooooo!

      • Du Covenant

        My broda!….we are in deep trouble as if there are no decent people in Nigeria at all.!!

  • NelsonEgware1

    God will continue to bless Chief James Ibori for the great works he did in Delta State.

    • Emmanuel Bello

      I suppose god helped him steal the billions he enriched himself with?

  • newday

    Why do we have criminals still in jails across the land? Release & canonize them. It can be just Ibori.

    • emmanuel

      Fashola, Amaechi, Fayemi, Buhari, Dambazzau, Burutai, Oke, Grass cutter, Baro barawo, Sanusi, Larmorde, Maina, Malami, Kyari MTN bribe for killing fine, Liar Mohammed of N15 million from BON, Oshomole for Airline in Seychelles, Aisha Halliburton, Aisha two prado jeeps and IGP of N7 billion divertion would have to go to jail first.

  • Man_Enough

    What of his pending case with the EFCC?

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