- Bayelsa state has been described as a small state according to Senator Aishatu Dahiru-Binani
- But in a swift reaction, Seriake Dickson tackled the senator for her reference
- According to him, Bayelsa is three times bigger than some states in the country
There was a mild drama at the National Assembly after a senator described Bayelsa as among the smallest states in Nigeria.
This description did not go well with the immediate past governor of the state, Seriake Dickson.
Senator Aishatu Dahiru-Binani (Adamawa Central) while canvassing support for her bill seeking to establish the Federal Medical Centre in Mubi, Adamawa, made the statement that irked the former governor.
“This together with the population of Mubi North makes it 2,089,540 people (very much higher than Bayelsa State’s eight local government Areas, with a population of 1,704,515).
In his reaction, Dickson defended Bayelsa, insisting that the size — the physical landmass and the water bodies — was three times bigger than some states in the country.
According to him, Binani should have made her case without referring to Bayelsa.
“In my senatorial district, it will take me four days to go round. In my local government, Sagbama, it will take me three days to go round.
“I just felt I should rise up to enlighten the sponsor of this bill and by so doing the rest of the country. When people talk about population, they should be careful.”
Recall Legit.ng had reported that Dickson reacted to the attack on his country home by unknown assailants.
The former governor expressed shock over the incident in a message posted on his official Facebook page.
He also lamented over the loss of a policeman keeping watch over his home during the attack.
“I received with shock, the sad news that gunmen attempted to invade my country home in Toru-Orua at midnight on Wednesday. Sadly, the failed attack which led to an exchange of gunfire between the criminals and police officers resulted in the death of a policeman."
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.