Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has said Nigerians must not lose sights of the gains of June 12, 1993, as it remains a watershed in Nigeria’s political landscape.
According to the Governor, June 12 now known as Democracy Day ”epitomised “the collective aspiration of Nigerians to enjoy the dividends of democracy and create a better life for themselves.”
In his Democracy Day message to Bayelsans, he assured them that he had no greater obligation than ensuring that people of the state lived in peace in order to attract the desired prosperity he promised.
He said his administration would continue to extend the hand of fellowship to those that are aggrieved for them to join in the process of building the Bayelsa of their dreams.
While paying tributes to those who lost their lives a few days to the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, the governor described them as the “Martyrs of Nembe.”
“I can identify many similarities in my emergence as governor of this state and the June 12 saga. I recall with deep sorrow the blood of the Martyrs of Nembe, innocent lives brutally terminated during the November 16 governorship campaigns by anti-democratic forces. They will forever be recognised as our own heroes of democracy.
“Our support transcended clans, communities, kingdoms and faiths. So, when the collective will of the people had been disdainfully cast aside and election results concocted, our mandate was divinely restored at the 11th hour by the God who resides in heaven and rules in the affairs of men.
“I am therefore conscious of the task before us, gratified by the confidence you have bestowed in me, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our Martyrs of Nembe to bring us to this point. I will continue to covet your prayers and wise counsel, rest assured that I will not undermine or take your mandate for granted.”