Previous Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, couldn’t conceal his disappointment over the apathy of Governor Nyesom Wike and the Rivers state government to the burial service of Alabo Tamunotenyim Omubo Graham-Douglas (TOG) as the multiple times administrative clergyman who kicked the bucket at 83 was let go Saturday in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
Lead representative Wike, his Deputy and girl of Kalabari Kingdom, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo were prominently missing and no portrayal reported for the Rivers State Government as exercises denoting the entombment of TOG of peaked at his old neighborhood with a memorial administration before his remaining parts were interred.Amaechi, Wike’s ancestor, in his second to comment among different dignitaries on the exciting life and seasons of Alabo Graham-Douglas (TOG) said by his colossal commitments to country building, Rivers specifically, TOG, Head of Orubibi Douglas War Canoe House merited a state internment.
He said, “When I became lead representative, he (TOG) was one of the principal key figures and pioneers I visited. Alabo and I talked on closes on the most proficient method to move the state forward.”Indeed going by the commitments he made to the state, I was feeling that the state would get a sense of ownership with everything concerning Alabo. You needn’t bother with to be Governor to be perceived.
“Alabo assumed a vital part in making Rufus Ada George legislative head of Rivers. We came to say thanks to him here in Abonnema when Ada George became lead representative. Also, he (TOG) was seemingly quite possibly of the best dressed River man until his passing.”
Whatever envisioned void made by nonattendance of the Rivers State Government was, notwithstanding, filled by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Sen Douyi Diri who let an enormous contingent from his state to “celebrate significance” in TOG in the expressions of Diri.
Diri said, “Frock was a goliath. We are here to offer our final appreciation to this unbelievable man. We haven’t arrived to grieve, however to celebrate significance. I’m profoundly respected to be essential for the social event.
“Frock addresses the vital image and voice, featuring the issues and significance of our corporate presence as a nation and as an ethnic (Ijaw) identity.
“Myself and the Government of Bayelsa thank the Graham-Douglas family and individuals of Abonnema for the unbelievable gift that TOG was to the Ijaw country and to Nigeria at large. It is wonderful to take note of that all through his support of the country, he left permanent engraving as a regulatory and creative virtuoso.
“While he is a steadfast and devoted Nigerian, he will wear the Ijaw ethnic character with extraordinary pride. Furthermore, what characterizes a group, their language and method of dressing. Today I dress, however humble, as Alabo Graham-Douglas, addressing the Ijaw ethnic identity. We would constantly recollect him as a man of respectability who typified the directors and upsides of our forbearers.”
Prof Benjamin Okaba, President, Ijaw National Congress (INC), observed TOG as, “an out “A man from the group, a crusader for Ijaw Kingdom with a flawless record of greatness. Ijaw country is grieving in light of the fact that we are going through unsafe times and we wanted Alabo to accompany us right now. Alabo is someone we really want to study. He was a head of Ijaw country.”
The International Youth Pastor of the Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Belemina Obunge in the memorial service message, themed, ‘For what reason Do We Have Life’ said the pith was to follow the expression of God and to satisfy Him, encouraging the gathering to keep obligation to consistently to liviing aright before their producer as every individual who bid goodbye to life on the planet.”
Among others present to offer final appreciation were Rtd Maj Gen Ike Nwachukwu, previous Petroleum Minister, Odein Ajumogoba (SAN), Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, previous first Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, widow of TOG, Muriel Graham-Douglas and Ikechukwu Ikoh Minister of Science and Technology.
Semabo Graham-Douglas, oldest child, was appreciative to dignitaries from all over who graced the event.