- Governor Seriake Dickson has called for unity among Nigerians of all tribes and religion
- The governor encouraged 'handshakes across the Nigeria' among leaders of the country
- According to the governor, his new title as the ‘Oyi’Ihotu K’ Idoma’ will strengthen the bond between the Ijaw and Idoma ethnic nationalities across the country
The Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has said there is a need for the preservation of Nigeria's unity.
Dickson while being conferred with an Idoma traditional title, ‘Oyi’Ihotu K’ Idoma’ (the cherished son of Idoma land) in Otukpo, Benue state by the Och’ Idoma IV, Dr Elias Ikoyi Obekpa, said there is a need for more handshakes across the tribal divides in Nigeria.
The governor also applauded the Och’Idoma and all sons and daughters of Idoma land for the honour on him and the Bayelsa people.
He advocated for unity among citizens in different areas of Nigeria irrespective of tribal, religious or political affiliation.
“Instead of dividing and tearing us apart, instead of promoting sectionalism, instead of promoting policies that tend to divide and separate our people, we should emulate the Idoma Traditional Council by building people together instead of tearing them apart," Dickson said.
Dickson said: "We need more handshakes across the Niger. I, therefore, urge all of us to close ranks in this country."
He said the award will strengthen the bond between the Ijaw and Idoma ethnic nationalities across the country.
"Your son, my friend, the Honourable Francis Ottah Agbo has a dual identity of being Ijaw and Idoma and has done well at the National Assembly, and I thank you all for supporting him," Dickson said.
The Och’ Idoma IV in his reaction said the honour was in appreciation of the governor's kind gestures towards the Idoma people who are resident in Bayelsa state.
Dickson who hails from the Izon kingdom was adopted as a proud son of Idoma kingdom by the Idoma Area Traditional Council.
Performing the ceremony, the Och'Idoma said it was in line with the Idoma age-long tradition of returning kindness for kindness.
“It is also to demonstrate our appreciation for the cordial relationship that has existed between our people and the people of Bayelsa state,” he said
In their separate addresses, Senator Mark who chaired the ceremony and Engr Abounu, hailed Governor Dickson for always extending the hands of fellowship to the Idoma people.
The duo urged the governor to henceforth see himself as an Idoma man.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Dickson had condemned the attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan's home in Otuoke, Bayelsa state.
The governor had allegedly believed that Jonathan worked against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state's last governorship election.
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