Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, May 29, 2015 expressed gratitude to the people of Bayelsa State for the maximum support he received from them during his political career from 1999 to date.
Jonathan, who expressed his gratitude at the civic reception organised in his honour by Bayelsa government in Yenagoa said that he was honoured to have been found worthy of public service.
He expressed appreciation to the state government for organising the civic reception, adding that he would dedicate the remaining part of his life to peace building across the country.
He said, “Having befitted so much from the rare privilege of serving, I shall dedicate the remaining part of my life to peace building in all parts of Nigeria.
“I will urge all to support the new administration to develop Nigeria and work with the state government to develop our own state.”
Speaking earlier, Governor Seriake Dickson said that the administration organised the reception to express appreciation to Nigerians for giving Jonathan the opportunity to lead the country for the past six years.
He said that the state was receiving the former president with mixed feelings of gloom and gratitude.
He said that the period was a trying time for the Niger Delta people but said that there was hope in the horizon.
“We are down but not out and for those who are happy at our situation that we shall rise again,” Dickson said.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, Chief Alfred Diette-Spiff , Chairman of Bayelsa Council of Traditional Rulers, said that serving the country as president was a rare privilege.
Diette-Spiff said, “The great sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo wished to be president of the coun try for only one day, but our own son was president for about 3, 000 days.”
Meanwhile, different organisations and social groups stormed Otuoke to receive the former President after handover.
Among in attendance are Akiplayi community social groups and their elders, Ogbia Youth Vanguard (OYV) were in attendance to welcome the former President.
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) were among those that welcomed the former president in his home town.
Ohaneze You Congress (OYC) were also in attendance to welcome the former president.
The reception was also attended by the Peoples Democratic Party Women Forum (PDPWF).