Funeral rites for Governor begin in Yenagoa.

A service of songs in honour of the father Governor Diri, Pa Abraham
Diri who died at the age of eighty-eight has been held at Peace Park,
Yenagoa, the state capital.
In sermon, Bishop, Diocese of Northern Izon, Bishop Funkuro Amgbari
who spoke on a message tagged "The undisputable faith of a man" urged
people to emulate the life of Pa Abraham Diri.
Bishop Amgbare noted that death is inevitable to man including Pa Diri,
who he said was humble, committed, and dedicated to all endeavours.
Paying tribute, former Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, retired Rear
Gboribiogha John Jonah described Pa Diri as a headmaster who made
the Governor to exhibit the habit of humility and urge the family to
continue to love one another.
Similarly, Ambassdor Bolade Igali, one time Senate President Senator
Adulphus Wabara described Pa Diri as a man of many parts.
Dignitaries at the occasion included former President Goodluck
Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience, deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence
Ehwrujakpo, one-time military administration of Bayelsa, retired Navy
Captain Caleb Olubolade, SSG of Bayelsa State, Gideon Ekewe as well
as the acting Chief Judge of Bayelsa, Matilda Ayemieye.
Others are Senator Adulphus Wambara, House of Representative
member, Chief Fred Agbedi, wife of the first civilian Governor, Mrs.
Margret Alamieyesegha, State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Remokeri
Ibani representing the Inspector General of Police among others.
Meanwhile, the burial rites for Pa Diri continue today in
Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government of the State
Tomorrow, there will be activities to mark the burial during the day and
wake keep in an-all night event, to be followed on Saturday with a burial
ceremony/interment/wake keep.
On Sunday, there will be a \thanksgiving and outing service, followed
by all-night dance on Monday and finally the shaving of hair ceremony
on Tuesday.