The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 16 Governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, at the weekend called for more marriages between Igbos and Bayelsans.
He was speaking during the celebration of the 2019 World Igbo Day at the Yenagoa Boat Club and Oxbow Lake Grand Pavilion.
Calling the Igbos a pride to Nigeria that deserve a better deal, Diri stated that there is no Igbo speaking state hasn’t been to:
The flagbearer said: “When we are elected, we will work closely with you. We will ensure that your businesses and investments are more secured and safe.
“I decided to come here today to identify with you on this big occasion of your annual Igbo Day celebration. I am excited and I also want to express my appreciation to you.
“You are part of the success story of our state. That is why when we form the next government you will have a bigger role.
“I know that the present administration earlier appointed one of you as Senior Special Assistant and later Special Adviser.
“My government will do more. If it can happen in some states it can happen here. You people are a pride to Nigeria and so you deserve a better deal”.
“So today, I wish to remind you that I am your friend and brother. There is no Igbo speaking state that I have not been to.
He boasted of his friendship with Igbo lawmakers:
“Even in the National Assembly, most of my friends are Igbo people and we interact freely. That is how it should be.
He called on more marriages between Igbo’s and Bayelsans.
“Also take advantage of the social side of our relationship and allow our boys and girls to inter marry. That is how it should be,” Diri said.
Bayelsans is a mostly Ijaw state. It is often called the Ijaw Jerusalem because of that.
We seize this opportunity to congratulate Davido and Chioma on their recent marriage. May God bless their union.