Slain Soldiers: Diri condemns Sylva’s statement linking killings with last Guber election

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has faulted the statement attributed to the former Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, over the killing of 17 Military personnel in Okuama community in Delta State.

Chief Timipre Sylva, posted on his personal Facebook page saying”I condemn in totality the killing of men of the Joint Task Force in Okuama, Delta State. This again shows why politicians should not arm irresponsible non-state actors.

Governor Diri, in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said Chief Sylva’s introduction of politics into the highly condemnable killing of men in active service to their country smacks of insensitivity at a time true patriots were mourning the unfortunate incident.

The statement read “Sylva, in a terse statement credited to him and circulating on social media, claimed that “the last Bayelsa governorship election featured alot (sic) of disheartening state sponsorship of gunmen. And today, we all see the result of that act of desperation and the unnecessary loss of precious Nigerian lives.”

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The Bayelsa governor wondered why the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources chose to dance on the graves of the slain soldiers in his false allusion to the use of non-state actors in the governorship poll in the state.

He equally noted that Sylva’s statement was a kin to the proverbial pot calling the kettle black when the APC governorship candidate’s antecedents as a politician was like an open book known to everyone.

Diri said, it is just as ridiculous that the same Sylva was whipping up negative sentiments and spreading falsehood over the presence of soldiers in Igbomotoru, a Bayelsa community, where the military had reportedly extended its investigation into the Okuama incident.

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He said, the military authorities should be allowed to conduct a thorough investigation into the sordid occurrence in Okuama. Comments should be restrained at this time while efforts are on to unravel the perpetrators.

“It is therefore very unfortunate and sad that Chief Sylva chose to play politics with the evil act of the killing of Nigerian soldiers at a time patriots in our country were outraged and mourning. Introducing politics into the Okuama killing is insensitive just as it is condemnable and akin to dancing on their graves. For those who know, this is like the pot calling the kettle black”, he noted.

“However, Sylva’s unending bellyaching and whining over the 2023 Bayelsa governorship election does not change the fact that it has been won and lost. They should embrace this reality and join hands with our government to further the development of our state”, he added.

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By Owunna Goodness -Bayelsa