Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Yenagoa said he
remained grateful to Bayelsa people for the support he enjoyed during
his political career from 1999 to date.
Jonathan, who expressed his gratitude at the civic reception organised in
his honour by Bayelsa government, said that he was honoured to have
been found worthy of public service.
He expressed appreciation to the state government for organising the
civic reception, adding that he would dedicate the remaining part of his
life to peace building across the country.
“Having befitted so much from the rare privilege of serving, I shall
dedicate the remaining part of my life to peace building in all parts of
Nigeria. I will urge all to support the new administration to develop
Nigeria and work with the state government to develop our own state,”
Speaking earlier, Gov. Seriake Dickson said that the administration
organised the reception to express appreciation to Nigerians for giving
Jonathan the opportunity to lead the country for the past six years.
He said that the state was receiving the former president with mixed
feelings of gloom and gratitude.
He said that the period was a trying time for the Niger Delta people but
said that there was hope in the horizon.
“We are down but not out and for those who are happy at our situation
that we shall rise again,” Dickson said.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, Alfred Diette-Spiff,
Chairman of Bayelsa Council of Traditional Rulers, said that serving the
country as president was a rare privilege.
“The great sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo wished to be president of the
country for only one day, but our own son was president for about 3,000
days,” Diette-Spiff said.
Meanwhile, different organisations and social groups stormed Otuoke to
receive the former President after handover.
Among those in attendance were Akiplayi community social groups and
their elders, Ogbia Youth Vanguard (OYV) were in attendance to
welcome the former President.
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) were among those that welcomed the former
president in his home town.
Ohane-eze You Congress (OYC) were also in attendance to welcome the
The reception was also attended by the Peoples Democratic Party
Women Forum (PDPWF).