I Have No Regrets Serving Nigeria Under Jonathan – Sambo
A former Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has said that he has no regrets serving the country as its vice-president under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
A statement by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Sambo as making the comment on Sunday while on a condolence visit to the Toru-Orua country home of Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson on the death of his mother, Goldcoast.
Also, a former President of Senate and a leading Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator David Mark, paid a condolence visit to the governor in his country home on Sunday.
Sambo said that he had cause to glorify God for giving him the opportunity to serve the country in the exalted position of Vice-President.
The former Vice-President, who said that he had just been appointed as an active Ambassador by Afrexim Bank and the African Union, for an intra African trade fair in Cairo, Egypt, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to do the right thing in the forthcoming election of 2019.
He said that INEC had a responsibility to ensure the conduct of free, fair and credible elections next year.
Sambo said, “I have no regrets serving Nigeria. There is no cause for any regret. I thank the Almighty Allah that he gave me that opportunity to serve our country.
“First and foremost, I am here to condole with my brother and sister on the loss of our mother and we pray that Almighty God will grant the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
“Also, we are seeing what is happening and we are expecting that INEC will do the right thing and that there will be free and fair elections come 2019.”
Sambo commended Governor Dickson for the execution of several big ticket projects in Bayelsa, especially, the Bayelsa International Cargo/Passenger Airport.
He said that Governor Dickson had a reputation in the North as a great unifier engrossed in sustained efforts to build bridges across the country.
“You are one person that today everybody knows, particularly in the northern part of this country that you have been a bridge builder and this has been very important and successful in seeing that our country is united and that we move and progress positively in Nigeria,” he added.
The former number two man, who commended Dickson for leaving behind enduring legacies in Bayelsa, described the airport project as a lifetime achievement that is critical to the socio-economic development of the state.
On his part, a former Senate President, David Mark, who also led a high-powered delegation on a condolence visit to the governor’s community, said that the late Madam Goldcoast lived well and had gone to be with her maker.
Mark said that she left behind enduring legacies which should console the family on the painful loss.
Also speaking, Dickson restated the decision of his family to establish a cancer awareness centre in honour of the memory of his mother through the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation.
He commended both leaders for their loyalty and commitment to national stability while in office in support of the Jonathan administration.
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