Former Bayelsa state governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha yesterday clocked 60-years and his most surprising birthday felicitation, even to Nigerians should perhaps be that he received from his former colleague, former governor of Delta state, James Onanefe Ibori from behind bars in the UK.
To achieve this, Ibori took out a full page advert in a national daily – The Nation newspaper reportedly owned by former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu.
The advert appeared on page 16 of the newspaper’s Saturday, 17th November, 2012 publication.
The message, a four paragraph eulogy of Alamieyeseigha, was signed “Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Former Governor of Delta State”. Ibori not only referred to the celebrant as the “Gov-General of the Ijaw Nation,” but also sympathized with Alamieyeseigha over his ostensible persecution.
He encouraged the former Bayelsa governor to seek solace in the purported confidence of Ijaw people in him, and expressed confidence that he would be vindicated in future.
Ibori concluded by saying, “As you turn 60 years old, I also join them [well wishers] in praying that God will grant you many more years ahead.”
See the full page advertorial after the cut…