Ibori weeps at Alamieyeseigha’s graveside

Late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha
Late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

A former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, on Wednesday wept at the graveside of former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepriye Alamieyeseigha.

Mr. Ibori visited the graveside during a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Amassoma, Bayelsa State.

Messrs. Ibori and Alamieyeseigha were elected governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party as Nigeria returned to civil rule in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. But Mr. Alamieyeseigha was impeached and jailed for alleged corrupt practice a year later, while Mr. Ibori completed his second term before he was also jailed in the United Kingdom for corrupt practice as governor.

Mr. Alamieyeseigha died in November 2015 while his friend and ally was still serving his jail term abroad.

Mr. Ibori who was accompanied on the visit to Amassoma by political leaders and stakeholders from Delta State, including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, described Mr. Alamieyeseigha as a patriotic leader who was very courageous and outspoken and stood on the side of his people at all times.

He said he was devastated ‎when news of Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s death got to him in the United Kingdom where Mr. Ibori was in prison.

He said they both shared a common ideology and relationship, which was very deep, and added that Mr. Alamieyeseigha fought against oppression and evil which ultimately led to his untimely death.

While sympathising with the family of the deceased former governor, Mr. Ibori urged the family to take solace in the fact that he was a good man who will forever be remembered for his legacies and also the reality that what he believed in will not die.

The former Delta State Governor who equally took time to visit the graveside of Mr. Alamieyeseigha assured the family that he would always remember and stand by them, as Mr. Alamieyeseigha would have done same for his family.

Earlier, Mr. Ibori had visited Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the Government House in Yenagoa where he also expressed his sympathy to the government and people of the state over the death of their first civilian governor.

According to him, the visit was to appreciate Governor Dickson for immortalising ‎the deceased by renaming the Government House banquet hall after him and for pushing forward his noble ideas of governance and strong agitation for rights of Ijaw people and Niger Delta.

“I take solace in the fact that having met you, I am encouraged that indeed the flag only flew half mast for a couple of days and after that the flag is flying again. Thank you for playing your bit to immortalise him. He may have left us but his spirit is still with us”.

In his remarks, Governor Dickson said the visit was solemn but historic and thanked Mr. Ibori for his thoughtfulness to visit the family, which he said emphasised the brotherliness that existed between him and the late former governor.

Mr. Dickson, who called on people of the Niger Delta to stop betraying their leaders, said both Messrs. Alamieyeseigha and Ibori were victims of the Niger Delta struggle, adding that their travails were as a result of their campaign for resource control and fiscal federalism.

“We have done enough when it comes to betraying, sabotaging and pulling down one another, especially our leaders. Nobody in this nation will build and sustain leaders for us, we have to build our leaders, support and encourage them. So, I think the time has come for us in the Niger Delta to turn a new leaf and learn from others”.


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  • fosi

    A nation of thieves and Jesus freaks!

    • Guest

      Rather Jesus freak than Satan spawn…Don’t be surprised on that (judgement) day.

    • durotimi oye

      What do you mean by Jesus freaks?

  • Dejandon

    Of course we agree with you, they two of you indeed “share common ideology” of looting.
    “he will forever be remembered for his legacies” (of looting of course) ” and also the reality that what he believed in will not die” (tufiaka! may that reality of what he believed in be removed, uprooted and burnt from our country – AMEN!!!!

  • JasV

    The only reason this convicted thief cried at the grave of a senior convicted thief is because, he died without leaving password of the money they stole behind.

    • Teflonjones


  • Jagua Nana

    Add this to the list of strange things that do happen in Nigeria. What a country! One thief celebrating another thief.
    A country where good and honest men are punished or killed while corrupt men are constantly praised and celebrated.
    Why don’t James Ibori just go and hide his face somewhere and enjoy the money he stole from the people of Delta State?
    NO SHAME. NO REMORSE. As a believer, I believe that everyone’s day shall surely come so no person should ever rejoice about another man’s death and you should never dance over another man’s grave. But I also believe that no one should attempt to rewrite history. We all know the truth so DO NOT REWRITE IT. The humble truth is that it does not matter how much money you steal. It doesn’t matter how many houses or cars you own. You cannot take it with you after you die.

  • Shine D Heat

    Leaders! Did you mean “looters”. Mr. Dickson, you’re a looter and not a leader. You are also milking the Bayelsa blind.