Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan praised Governor Douye Diri for his initiatives in addressing insecurity, expressing confidence that the re-election of the Bayelsa leader signifies enhanced safety for the state.
During his visit to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Jonathan, a former governor of the oil-rich region, commended Diri’s victory in a closely contested poll. He emphasized that Douye’s success is crucial as it preserves the progress achieved in reducing insecurity, stating that a loss in the election would have jeopardized those gains.
“There should be nothing that will push the state backward. We should think about the development of the state starting from the issue of peace and security in the state which within this last period, three years plus, there are significant improvements in terms of cultism and kidnapping and so on and so forth.
“I was saying before this election that if Diri loses this election, I would have relocated my mother to Abuja.”
As Jonathan shared the tragic story of his cousin’s abduction and subsequent death, he conveyed hope that Governor Diri’s reinstatement would lead to a resolution of such incidents in the state, becoming a thing of history.
“My cousin was kidnapped two times on one of those occasions, one of my cousins, Solo, was killed because they threw him into the river and he didn’t know how to swim,” he added.
“So, we’ve passed through hell in this state and we’ve seen a little light at the end of the tunnel. So, people should calm down, and allow Diri to focus on governance so that he will be able to propel this state forward so that we will benefit as citizens of the state.”
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