More reactions by pan-Ijaw groups on Sunday continued to trail the sudden death of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha, with a common stand that the All Progressives Congress should be held responsible for the incident.
In their separate statements made available to the media, the groups said the recent extradition notice purportedly issued by Britain on the former governor aggravated his health condition and his eventual death.
The Ijaw Heritage and Cultural Club based in the United States in its statement said it was shocked beyond words by the news of the sudden death of Alamieyeseigha and regretted the circumstances surrounding it.
It noted in the statement signed by Prof. Julius Eteli that Alamieyeseigha’s death was curious given the fact that he regularly received medical treatment abroad, adding that the former Governor-General of the Ijaw nation had actually returned from such medical trip in Dubai believed to have been facilitated by the Bayelsa State Government.
The statement said: “From available reports, the Bayelsa State Government has always been of assistance to him, taking care of his medical bills and upkeep. The question is: how can a man who had just returned from Dubai having been attended to by experts die so suddenly? Clearly, it must have been the report of his extradition to the U.K that must have triggered his health condition for the worse and the sudden death.”
It, therefore, said the APC government should be held responsible for the death of Alamieyeseigha, noting its alleged role by instigating the British authorities to issue an extradition notice.
The group also claimed that the alleged extradition notice, from all indications, was targeted at witch-hunting the late former governor, asking: “Why wait all these years until now to issue such a notice?”
Another pan-Ijaw group based in Ireland, Izon Diaspora Association, in its statement also condemned the demise of Alamieyeseigha, which it said was caused by the APC government for political reasons.
The group said the sad development was a calculated move by the ruling APC government to silence the Ijaw movement, knowing full well that Alamieyeseigha represented the soul and moving spirit of the Ijaw movement.
“Now that he has been taken out, we Ijaws must fight against this injustice. Now is the time to unite, come together and fight against this calculated and very deadly plot by the APC government to deplete our ranks,” the Convener and leader of the group, Comrade George Magbisa, stated.
Magbisa was full of praises for the Bayelsa State Government for standing by the late Ijaw leader all through, noting that only a committed Ijaw governor like Seriake Dickson, himself a leading figure in the Ijaw struggle, could have been so supportive as he did to the former governor.
The group extended its condolences to “the contriman governor, the government and good people of Bayelsa State over the death of the respected governor-general of the Ijaw nation”.
Meanwhile, feelers from the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital, revealed an atmosphere of gloom, anger and a deep sense of loss among the people over the death of the beloved former governor.