The current governor of Bayelsa state, Mr Seriake Dickson, on Tuesday, has described the 5 years administration of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan as a wasted opportunity for the Ijaws.
Mr Dickson who spoke at the Ijaw House, Yenagoa, at the annual celebration of Adaka Boroh, the hero who fought and died for the Ijaw struggle for self-determination, said ministers and other presidential aides from Bayelsa lost the unique opportunity of attracting development to their domains because they were after selfish interests.
Before paying his respects at the tomb of late Adaka Boroh in the Heroes’ Park, Dickson in his own words said; “Those who served in Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency failed to work with him in the quest to bring development to the Bayelsa state and the South-South generally”.
“They suffered from the Bayelsa-Ijaw disease of pulling-him-down syndrome,” Dickson said.
He also lamented that similar occurrence has plagued the current administration at the federal level, where ministers and aides from the state have refused to use their positions to assist his government’s developmental efforts.
“It is true that we are celebrating Boroh, but ask yourself whether you are doing your bit. Boroh came, saw and did his bit and has gone. I and my team have come and we have taken up the battle from where Boroh stopped and we are doing our duties,” he said.
Dickson concluded his speech, saying; “Each of us must examine ourselves and to be frank we have not done very serious examination in this state and in the Ijaw nation. We cannot blame God. God has been very merciful and kind to us particularly of late.”