Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has praised his mother for being an integral part of his success.
The governor lost his mother, Mrs Gold Coast Dickson, Aug.8 at the age of 72 at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas in the U.S.
Through a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Francis Agbo, in Yenagoa on Wednesday, Dickson during a service organised by the state government in her honour, described his mother as “My Guardian Angel”.
“My mother has been an integral part of my journey. She was not just my mother, she was my elder sister, she was my rock, my counsellor, my guardian angel.
“And because of her subtle style, people might not know the level of her influence,” Dickson said.
He said his mother popularly known as “Mama Gogo”, in January complained of leg pain, which was later diagnosed at Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre as cancer.
“I thank the state for the outpouring of genuine grief; I call for more prayers for the family, especially during this period.
“I appreciate and give thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo and former Nigerian leaders, who called to commiserate with me and my family.
“I also thank the clergy among others for their Prayers and Support.
“My profound appreciation also goes to all former heads of state and presidents of Nigeria, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and Dr Goodluck Jonathan for personally calling and writing formal condolence letters to condole with us.
“I was humbled by the outpour of concern and love shown to me by my colleagues and brother governors who spared precious time out of their busy schedules to commiserate with my family and I.
“I am also grateful to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar for identifying with us in our most trying period,” Dickson stated.