John ODHE, Yenagoa
A group under the aegis of Bayelsa Development Initiative (BDI) has decried former Governor Seriake Dickson’s penchant for breaching protocols during statewide events with his bell-ringing praise singers.
The group noticed that since he left office, the former governor had formed the habit of attending public engagements late and instead of humbling himself chose to disturb the peace of the area with praise singers suspected to be hired by him.
It said the former governor was always deploying his retinue of sycophants in total disregard to already seated dignitaries including the incumbent governor, Senator Douye Diri and former president, Goodluck Jonathan among others
The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Obiokpo Martin, said it would have ignored the former governor, who revelled in self adulation, but chose to speak out following a similar breach of government established procedure by Dickson and his sycophants at the November 2 annual thanksgivings held at the Ecumenical Centre, Igbogene.
Obiokpo said Dickson and his praise singing gang comprising mostly women failed to observe established protocols by displaying total disrespect to the governor, the clergy and the sanctity of the church.
Obiokpo reminded Dickson that he was no longer the governor of the state and should comport himself honourably, wondering why he continued to come late to disrupt proceedings with his praise singers, who rang bells to welcome him to public events years after leaving office.
He said: “This act of showing disrespect to official procedures is unbecoming of Dickson, who as a governor would not have tolerated is becoming a recurrent decimal and the earlier he respects himself in the presence of God the better for him
“This similar breach at the just-concluded 2022 Thanksgiving is one too many. The former governor, we know likes indulging in self adulation and unnecessary ego massaging trip, doing it with those praise singers in the presence God is rather repugnant to public conduct and we urge him to desist from it”.
The group further stated that the former governor should borrow a leaf from the sense of humility displayed by former President Jonathan, who chose to conduct himself with decorum despite having the capacity to cause distractions.