The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has described the death of Nigeria Delta activist, Tony Uranta, as a painful loss to Nigeria, the region and indeed the Ijaw nation.
The activist passed away on Wednesday following a protracted illness.
Uranta was the Executive Secretary of foremost advocacy group, United Niger Delta Energy Development and Security Strategy, member of the defunct Federal Government Technical Committee on Niger Delta, the Nigeria Economic Summit Group and the Pan Niger Delta Forum, amongst others.
Diri, in a statement on Thursday, said Uranta was a committed activist and advocate for environmental justice and good governance not only in his region but also in Nigeria.
The governor noted that he was a dogged fighter, who dedicated his entire life to a cause he believed in.
He said despite the state of his health, Uranta was consistent and unrelenting, noting that he still had the presence of mind and the courage to make his voice heard on critical issues about the country and the Niger Delta.
He said, “Uranta’s demise is saddening and painful after the effort he made to stay alive. His battle was courageous just as his determination was commendable.
“Even on his sickbed, Uranta’s unrelenting voice and contribution to national discourse were profound. He lived and died for a cause he believed in. Nigeria, Niger Delta and the Ijaw nation have lost a committed activist and advocate for good governance.”
Diri prayed to God to strengthen his family and community with the fortitude to accept His will, which he said no human can question.
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