BY Pat PA Okon
A body known as the Association of Concerned Bayelsa Professionals (ACBP) has condemned what it said were calculated attempts by former Governor Timipre Sylva to disrupt the peace and stability in the State.
In a statement yesterday, the body referred to a press statement credited to the Media Office of the former governor which it claimed were not only false but designed to instigate a campaign of calumny against Governor Seriake Dickson and his administration following the recent mayhem in Brass Local Government Area of the State.
According to the statement signed by Barrister Saviour Aduba, Secretary-General of the Association, the mayhem, contrary to the press statements, was caused by men of the All Progressives Congress in Brass Local Government area where five thugs were arrested for violence and illegal possession of firearms.
The body regretted that Sylva had over the years been engrossed in acting out a ‘satanic script of instability” against the Dickson administration which it said ran contrary to the expectation of his status as a former governor.
It has therefore advised Sylva to refrain playing what it regarded as a dangerous politics with security, peace and development of Bayelsa. This is contrary to the peace and security the Restoration Administration has entrenched in the State.
The statement read in parts: “We are constrained to say here that Bayelsa does not need a sustenance of the harmful acrimony and bitterness that have held this State down for years. The statement issued by the Media Office of Sylva is devoid of the expression of the desire of a leader for peace and development; rather it is a pathetic advertisement of Sylva’s bitterness against the current administration.
“To us, Sylva cuts the image of a confused and confusing politician with a complicated case; his hatred for one man has deprived him of the capacity to identify his real enemy. In a classic display of self deceit, Sylva and his band of terror merchants would rather see the image of Hon. Dickson in their imagined threat. Is this a case of delusion?
“The truth is that the greatest enemy of Sylva is his political past, and an injured conscience at war with itself. The tragedy of Sylva is the pathos evoking story of man being tormented by his conscience; haunted by his unedifying past and a classic case of the wicked fleeing at the sight of nobody.
“As a group, we cannot forget in hurry, the loudest legacy of Sylva captured in the mindless slaughter of innocent people by Operation Famou tangbe, the very security outfit he purportedly designed and funded with Bayelsa money to protect the people.
We cannot afford the luxury of neutrality in this matter of good and evil because it is still fresh in our memory that several families are agonizing from the deep cuts inflicted on them by operatives of Sylva’s killing machine, Operation Famuo Tangbe. Perhaps Sylva should approach the streets of Bayelsa to make a comparative analysis of Famuo Tangbe which would recall a past of pains, of tears in the memory of the people in the streets of Yenagoa and Dickson’s Doo Akpo which has brought succour to them.
“Therefore, it rankles the mind for Sylva’s Media Office to arrogate to him a non- existent moral authority to comment on matters of state security. Let the truth be told that violence, insecurity and fear are the reference factors of the Sylva years in Bayelsa.”
The body further noted that what has become the Brass debacle and the culture of violence in that local government area is flowing from a tradition of violence which, it said, was traceable to Sylva’s brand of desperate politicking and his propensity for violence. His propensity for violence has lacerated his moral ligament to even comment on issues verging on security.
Sylva is bereft of vision and ideas on how to navigate the political turf, having sold out the birthright. He was rejected twice, derided by his kinsmen as it were, even his party men see him as an agent of chaos and confusion.
We take solace in the fact that Governor Dickson has reshaped governance and redefined development in the landscape. We also know that this gold plated legacy has become a source of envy to Sylva and his co-travellers. “May we call on all politicians to consider the interest of Bayelsa State above their individual ambitions. Playing politics with the security and development of a deprived State is an unacceptable descent to depravity. Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation transcend the petty, parochial interest of one individual. We advise Bayelsans to be to be watchful and embrace the opportunity of development, which the Restoration Administration has provided. We should focus on the greater good and long-term interest of the Ijaw Nation”, the professionals stated.