Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri has visited his country home, Sampou in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area to formally inform his family of passing of his father, Lay reader, Pa Abraham Joseph Michael Diri.
Pa Diri who died on Sunday at the age of eighty-eight was until his death, a retired headmaster, a devout Christian, a man of exemplary humility, and the head of Kalama-owei wari of Sampou community.
Dr. Isaac Kumokou, on behalf of the family received the Governor, who was accompanied by close aides and top functionaries of the prosperity administration.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, says the news of the passing of his father, Pa Abraham Diri broke him down.
The octogenarian died at eighty-eight years on Sunday.
Speaking at his country home in Sampou community when received scores of visitors, including members of the State Executive Council, security commanders and state executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Diri said he thought he was very strong until the night of Sunday when he could not hold back tears.
In an emotion-laden voice, the Bayelsa helmsman expressed gratitude to members of his cabinet for sharing in his family’s moment of pain and sadness, noting that his father died as his administration was commemorating three years in office.
According to him, government had lined up a number of activities to mark the anniversary but because of the sad development, official engagements had to be suspended.
Speaking on behalf of the State Executive Council, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, described the death of Chief Diri as symbolic and divine on the day it occurred.
Describing death as inevitable, he noted that Pa Diri died peacefully without any health crisis and urged the Governor to take solace in the fact that almost his father’s wishes had been fulfilled.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo said the state is mourning following the departure of the octogenarian and prayed God to grant the Diri’s family and Sampou community the fortitude to bear the loss.