Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa, has commiserated with the Graham-Douglas family of Abonnema community in Aluko-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State over the death of prominent Ijaw leader, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas.
Alabo Graham-Douglas, who was at various times the Federal Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports, Aviation, Labour and Productivity as well as Culture and Tourism, died a week ago in Abuja at the age of 82.
The governor in a condolence message to the family, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabra, described the late Graham-Douglas as a foremost nationalist and cultural icon.
Diri noted that Graham-Douglas belonged to the pantheon of the Ijaw elite that made the ethnic group proud.
He said that the former four-time minister and exceptional politician would be greatly missed for his frankness, forthrightness and fatherly disposition.
The governor urged the family to take solace in the fact that Graham-Douglas lived a fulfilled and accomplished life that impacted on not only those whose path crossed with his, but indeed the whole of Ijaw nation and Nigeria.