The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has described a former military head of state, Sani Abacha as a hero to the people of the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party Governor stated this while making reference to the creation of the state on October 1, 1996, by the dictator.
Governor Diri expressed his mind at the thanksgiving service on Nigeria’s 61st independence and Bayelsa 25th anniversary at the King of Glory Chapel in Government House, Yenagoa.
The Governor while speaking said, “Let me use this medium to thank one man. He may not be popular in Nigeria but to me and all of us Bayelsans; we see him as a great man, a hero. The man who by the stroke of the pen signed the creation of Bayelsa State; I am talking about the late General Sani Abacha.
“We acknowledge him as a state and people. By his singular assent, he created this state with just eight local government areas, which was less than the constitutional requirements.”
In another development, the Northern Governors Forum has stated it will ensure that the interest of the region is protected and promoted.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, stated this on Monday at an emergency meeting of the forum in Kaduna State.