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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri on Monday has explained why he believes that late Nigerian dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha remained a great man in Bayelsa.
The governor pointed out that the dictator is a hero in Bayelsa for creating the state.
He stressed that people might not like him, but that the people of Bayelsa State would always remember him for creating the state 25 years ago.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that Abacha created Bayelsa State on October 1, 1996.
Diri, who speaking during a thanksgiving service on Nigeria’s 61st independence and Bayelsa’s 25th anniversary at the King of Glory Chapel in Government House, Yenagoa, eulogised the former dictator for the great thing he had done for Bayelsa.
According to Diri, ‘Let me use this medium to thank one man. He may not be popular in Nigeria but to me and all of us Bayelsans, we see him as a great man, a hero.
‘The man who by the stroke of the pen signed the creation of Bayelsa State. I am talking about the late General Sani Abacha.
‘We acknowledge him as a state and people. By his singular assent, he created this state with just eight local government areas, which was less than the constitutional requirements.’
Africa Daily News, New York reports that Diri called on the Federal Government to ensure justice and equity in the distribution of resources in the country.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK