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How Are The Mighty Fallen?

According to the Bible, there is time for every thing under the sun. Time to born and time to die. Last week we received the news of the sudden death of the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepiriye Solomn Peter Alamieyesiegha.

Late Chief Alamieyesiegha was born in November 16, 1952 in Amassoma, Ogboni North Local Government of Bayelsa State. He attended the Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenegoa.

He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a Cadet Officer in 1974, joined the Nigeria Air Force, where he served in the Department of logistics and supply.

He held various Airforce positions in Enugu, Markurdi, Kaduna and Ikeja. Alamieyeseigha retired from the Airforce in 1992 as a Squadron leader. After leavning the office, he became the sole Administrator of Pabod Supplies, Port Harcourt. Later he became Head of Budget, Planning, Research and Development of the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON).

While in politics, the ex-governor played important roles in the Niger Delta struggle. Alams as he was fondly called by friends and well wishers was a man that believed in resource control and economic emancipation of the Niger Delta.

Because of his philosophy, about the Niger Delta question, former President Obasanjo’s administration jailed him on July 26, 2007 and many of his assets were ordered to be fortified to the Bayelsa State government. According to Alamieyeseigha dunning his trial, he only pleaded guilty due to his age and would have fought the charges had he been younger. This sounded a word of courageous man.

On 12th March 2013, Alamieyesiegha was pardoned by ex-president Goodluck Jonathon, but his pardoning was criticized by many.

No matter the trial this great man passed through, Alamieyesiegha remains a great sincere in the history of Niger Delta struggle.

We use this medium to console the Government of Bayelsa State on the sudden demise of their illustrious son and prayed that his soul will continue to rest in the boson of the Lord. ###

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