Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has admonished people of the state to always promote unity and brotherliness for the sustenance of peace and development.
Governor Diri gave the admonition at the funeral service of Elder Omieworio Afeni, an uncle of former President Goodluck Jonathan, at the St. Stephen Anglican Church, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor said the state’s development should not be hinged on politics alone but ought to also entail how the people collectively tackle issues of common interests.
He said he was particularly pleased with the large number of Bayelsans that turned out in solidarity with Dr Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience and the Afeni family.
Governor Diri described the former president as a father and service-oriented leader, who has made indelible mark in the political history of not only Nigeria but also in Africa and beyond.
While condoling with the bereaved Afeni family, he noted that the passage of any individual should teach people how to number their days and live an upright life.
He used the occasion to direct the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure to immediately undertake the renovation of the Dame Patience Jonathan Pavilion in Otuoke.
In a sermon, Most Reverend Blessing Enyindah, who is the Archbishop, of the Niger Delta Province as well as Bishop, Diocese of Ikwerre and Supervising Bishop, Diocese of Ogbia, said at age eighty seven, Elder Afeni lived a fulfilled life.
Reverend Enyindah said judging from the octogenarian’s biography, he recorded a lot of achievements, urged the family to be comforted in the Lord and and admonished the congregation to be steadfast and trust in the Lord as He would not abandon them.
Responding, the former president, Dr Jonathan, expressed gratitude to Governor Diri, his entourage as well as the clergy and other well wishers who identified with him and the Afeni family in their moment of grief.
Dr Jopnathan described the late Afeni as a disciplinarian and caring uncle, who was instrumental to his completing primary education.