From Femi Folarami, yenagoa

Ahead of the upcoming general elections, Governor Douye Diri has urged Bayel residents to reject violent politicians.

Diri, in his New Year’s message, implored politicians in Bayelsa and elsewhere to be “tolerant and avoid violent behavior.”

“The election should be a contest of ideas and options and not an opportunity to settle political scores or an excuse for slander. And this is why we must insist on some irreducible minimum requirements for those seeking leadership roles.

“We must elect leaders who do not make politics with development. Leadership is all about vision, while politics is all about positions.

In fact, our endorsement of people with a political fixation has only hindered the realization of our founding fathers’ lofty dreams for our state.

“Therefore, we must reject those who insist that they will govern not by building bridges of consensus but through banditry; not by the ballot but by the bullet. In the end, the power belongs to God,” he said.

Diri reiterated his “commitment to ensuring that Bayelsa remains safe and at peace is irrevocable” adding that the recent recruitment of 600 youths was part of the strategy to checkmate criminals in the state.

“We have continued to reshape and realign our security architecture as we implement robust strategies to combat crime and criminality.

Our seriousness in this regard is evidenced by the signing of the Bayelsa Communal Security Corps Law. The state government has already recruited 600 young people in the eight local government areas who are currently undergoing intensive 2-month training to equip them to effectively combat wrongdoers. Our zero-tolerance approach to crime has been encouraging as many citizens in the state can now attest to a more peaceful and secure state.”

Recalling the devastating floods that ravaged the state in 2022, the governor assured people that the state government would continue the “post-flood reconstruction of our damaged infrastructure, in particular, Amassoma Road leading to Niger Delta University.” ”.

Noting that “we have allowed ourselves to be segregated along narrow and parochial lines,” Diri urged people to “resolve to rise above our instincts and embrace the Bayelsa State envisioned by our founding fathers, the Glory of All.” the Lands, we can all be proud.”