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Floods do not recognize any political party, Diri calls for unity

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has again called for unity among the state’s leaders and politicians, saying that problems in the state can be solved collectively when unity prevails in the state. the state.

Diri, who spoke at the 11th Annual State Thanksgiving held at the Igbogene Ecumenical Centre, Yenagoa on Wednesday, cited this year’s devastating floods in the State of Bayelsa as one of the incidents that show that the political class was in the same boat.

He said the flood disaster and its crushing impacts did not recognize party lines, stressing that the natural disaster had reinforced the need for the leaders and people of the state to embrace unity and love the for each other.

The Governor said: “This flooding has not affected people following party lines. It should be a clear message to us that we have common challenges and can only solve them when we are united. Let us not be tricked into splitting to serve the political interest of politicians who only seek us out when they need our votes.

He praised the people of the state for their resilience, courage and spirit of sharing amid the massive flooding, adding that he was energized by what he saw as he visited various affected communities to sympathize with the people.

While advising people not to despair, Diri added: “Of the little they managed to save from their farms, they gave me food. It is the authentic and generous Ijaw spirit, which watches over each other. I have never been more proud of our people than I am now. Maybe if the naysayers leave the comfort of their homes, they too will enjoy people’s moods.

In his remarks, former President Goodluck Jonathan backed calls for the federal government to help Bayelsa recover from the floods, adding that he hoped his efforts and those of other leaders would compel the central government to help the state.

He thanked Diri for supporting the annual thanksgiving, which had made God the source of divine blessings on the state.

Jonathan, who sympathizes with all the flood victims, said: “I don’t want to overstate the disaster that has happened to us. Everyone is displaced in Bayelsa State. I have spoken with the president and the vice president and I believe that help will come.

A former state governor, Senator Seriake Dickson, and his then deputy, retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, in their separate goodwill messages, stressed the need for the federal government to show love to Bayelsa and helping people in the recovery process.

They also praised the people of the state for their positive attitude towards the things of God which they noted would surely bring down blessings upon them and the state at large.

Guest preacher, Pastor Paul Enenche, General Overseer of Dunamis International Church, commended the people of the state for attending the Thanksgiving in numbers and prayed to God to shower the state with its thanks, especially at a time when the people were struggling with the effects of devastating floods.