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Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by lanre_front(m): 1:53pm On Dec 30, 2012
The remains of former National Security Adviser, late Andrew Azazi, who died in a helicopter crash, were buried on Saturday at the Ijaw Heroes Memorial Park, along Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa in Bayelsa State.

Among dignitaries at the commendation service included wife of the President; Patience Jonathan; Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; members of the National Assembly; service chiefs; former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Alamieyeseigha; former governor of Cross Rivers State, Donald Duke; and his wife, Onari; among others.

Although it was supposed to be a solemn funeral service for the departed soul, Bishop of Bomadi Catholic Vicariate, Archbishop Hyacinth Ogbebor, exercised his apostolic liberty and expressed his profound disappointment over poor governance and deplorable condition of infrastructure in Bayelsa State in particular and Nigeria in general.

Ogbebor took a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government for their inability to fix the dilapidated East-West Road.

He also bemoaned the developmental retrogression in Bayelsa, describing the situation as worrisome.

He condemned the conduct of public officers whom, he noted, are deliberately impoverishing Nigerians through acts of corruption and lip-service to issues of development and campaign against corrupt practices in the country.

Ogbebor, who was delivering a homily at the funeral service for the former Chief of Defence Staff, pointedly told the audience which included President Goodluck Jonathan to put the East-West Road in good shape and save hapless Nigerians from their untimely deaths resulting from pothole-ridden roads crisis-crossing the country.

He said, “Mr. President, repair the East-West Road. Tankers fall on that road every day. Spare the lives of Nigerians. Work the road. The potholes should be covered. I almost got killed on the East-West Road because I shuttle between Bomadi (in Delta State) and Bayelsa.”

He also admonished Dickson to translate his words on development into action because, according to him, the people of Bayelsa would not fly in the sky to get to their houses.

Describing Azazi’s death as tragic and devastating, the clergyman said the frequent occurrence of air mishaps in Nigeria was frightening and unbecoming.

“His death is tragic. It is a devastating blow to Bayelsa and Nigeria, more than the flood disaster.”

Ogbebor, who is also a member of the state’s post-flood management committee headed by Azazi, noted that if the military is unable to protect its own, it will be difficult to believe that it can protect citizens.

He lamented that, before now there was dedication and professionalism in service. “But now, compromise and money have taken over,” he stated.

Ogbebor, however, said he was aware Jonathan was trying his best in the task of nation building and that the Church was praying for him and his administration to succeed.

President Jonathan, while paying tribute to Azazi, reminded Archbishop Ogbebor that lack of attitudinal change was responsible for most of the problems plaguing the nation.

Jonathan said the emphasis on corruption most of the time was also misplaced as some of the cases that are brought under the purview of corruption do not belong there, stressing that until Nigerians behave rightly and properly, the country cannot move forward the way it should move.

He remarked that if 50 percent of Nigerians behave uprightly like Azazi, then the country would experience a change.

Jonathan said: “If all of us or if only 50 percent of Nigerians, and I mean it, if 50 percent of Nigerians that have privileges to certain offices or by virtue of their own struggle, have gotten to some level in society like General Azazi, this country will change.

“If we do things properly, if we change our attitudes as Nigerians, most of these issues we are blaming on corruption, we will know that it is not corruption”

On his part, Governor Dickson expressed dismay over Archbishop Ogbebor’s remark, pointing out that he did not complain about developmental backwardness in Bayelsa in the five years that preceded his administration.

While highlighting some of the contracts that his administration had awarded so far, Dickson cried that Azazi’s family, Bayelsa and Nigeria had lost a rare gem and icon, who was not only a father, but a loving husband, grandfather and an accomplished soldier.

During the church service for the late General Azazi, his first daughter, Akpolade, read the first lesson at the funeral service while her younger brother, Pelede, read the second lesson and his first son, Owoye Azazi Jr, gave a tribute of their late father.

Among those who paid glowing tributes to Azazi, besides Jonathan, Dickson and Pelede, were the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen Alexander Ogomudia.

Others were: Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika; Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke; and Governor of Rivers State and Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Amaechi.

Amaechi named a street under construction in Elekahia area of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, after Azazi.

Azazi’s remains were lowered into a concrete grave at the Ijaw Heroes Memorial Park at about 2:55pm after a parade by a military guard of honours.


http://dailyindependentnig.com/2012/12/azazis-burial-jonathan-dickson-archbishop-trade-words/

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Osiris.211: 2:25pm On Dec 30, 2012
God Bless this clergy man for looking at these looters and putting straight his words to them. Every day people die on east-west road, yet we have squirrels populating this site with lies on how comparable the road is with that of Manhattan.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by berem(f): 2:47pm On Dec 30, 2012
I thought GEJ said accidents are as a result of good roads? Oga bishop, i hope you ain't expecting him to fix the East-West road so soon! grin
 
Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by berem(f): 3:21pm On Dec 30, 2012
Why im no go complain? If the road from bayelsa to portharcourt was not deplorable,would Azazi and others who died in the crash bother to use a military helicopter?
alj harem:

it shows you are not a Muslim or have never been to any Islamic gathering. Moreover is it sensible to be complaining at someone's burial ?

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by donroxy(m): 3:33pm On Dec 30, 2012
@Op,
GEJ should change his attitude towards corruption and Governance and Nigerians shall change too!!!!!

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by PointB: 3:44pm On Dec 30, 2012
I wonder why FG dillu-dally on such critical infrastructure such as East-West Road, and of course the Second Niger bridge, especially in view of the fact that critical support base use this road.
Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by alj harem(m): 3:47pm On Dec 30, 2012
berem: Why im no complain? If the road from bayelsa to portharcourt was not deplorable,would Azazi and others who died in the crash bother to use a military helicopter?

So when the Sardauna and co complained what did he and his likes say ? They hurled insults on both the man and the muslim society as a whole. The double standards here and in Nigeria is too much.

Can Buhari complain with the mumu above me not call him boko haram ?

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by taharqa: 4:28pm On Dec 30, 2012
I wonda what sm people will keep saying when dis East-West Road construction completes next year?..... Anyways, Good sermon @Lord Bishop
Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by oyb(m): 5:01pm On Dec 30, 2012
Jonathan said: “If all of us or if only 50 percent of Nigerians, and I mean it, if 50 percent of Nigerians that have privileges to certain offices or by virtue of their own struggle, have gotten to some level in society like General Azazi, this country will change.

look at this mofo talking - it is clear the fifty percent he is coming from
Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by sewen2000(m): 5:02pm On Dec 30, 2012
Order !!!
Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by helpmeohgod: 5:06pm On Dec 30, 2012
Its only catholic and Anglican priests that can stand up and look at the president's eye and tell him the truth. This is what other daddies and pastors of other churches cannot do. Ride on pastor, the voice of the people is the voice of God

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by tayuu: 5:38pm On Dec 30, 2012
I love dis man of GOD for d truth,but GEj will always find sometin 2 say wc is offpoint,I don't realy blame him anyway,was it not dis GEj dat axed azazi for saying d truth abt BK!is now comin 2 say if only 50 percent of ninja can be like him,on wht ground pls...

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by skidos4u(m): 6:44pm On Dec 30, 2012
whn som of us listen 2 d catholic clergy men preached, we stil ve hop, unlik d prosperity preachers dat wld ve use d ocasion 2 tel d president n oder VIPs wot der wil lik 2 hear; so dat d offerin wil b rich. hw on earth wil GEJ talk abt attitudunal change whn al his men bit traffic lit @ wil n turn our God's given wealth 2 a curse. change shld strt 4rm d top an c if nigerians wil not follow. GEJ shld stop d lootin dat is goin on cos i cnt imagin him usin mor dan 1 trillion 2 subsides a few persons pocket in d name of subsidy. he shld knw dat in d history of nig. no govt ve eva use dat amt evn in 4yrs tenue yet he GEJ use dat in 1 yr. so hw shld change.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Abagworo(m): 7:37pm On Dec 30, 2012
They did not even put down everything he said. I watched it live. He even asked what's the useof piling billions and at the end of the day die leaving the billions. Catholic clergies are quite outspoken and fearless. He reminds me of Arch-Bishop Obinna of Owerri.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by lanre_front(m): 7:45pm On Dec 30, 2012
I think it important to note that Orisajafor, President of CAN was there and all he did was pay glowing tributes.

The Catholic and Anglican Priests indeed give us hope.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Yungwizzzy(m): 8:36pm On Dec 30, 2012
Watching who wants 2 be a millionare

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Tolexander(m): 8:38pm On Dec 30, 2012
but the pastor should have said it in a rebuking way instead of a compaint so that Jonathan would feel sober and understand what governance is all about.
The pastor's complaint still gave hin chance to shift the blame on the nigerian citizen.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by DrugDoc: 8:40pm On Dec 30, 2012
How many corrupt catholics or anglicans have been kicked out of the church for looting or maiming Africans? Is Maurice Iwu not a staunch catholic? Why do our people troop to these churches when they can't contribute to solving our fundamental problems? Let's keep blaming GEJ, he will perform brain surgery on each and every 150 million Nigerians to get them to think.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by 2goodbobo(m): 8:44pm On Dec 30, 2012
Bravo Obgebor. I appreciate men like you who are not afraid to speak the truth. If we have 50percent of Nigerians who can come out like this and challenge Jonathan, then Nigeria will be a good place. Majority of the people advising Jonathan are sycophants who are afraid to tell him the truth.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by alaoeri: 8:44pm On Dec 30, 2012
Nice one clergyman, so upright priest still remain for Nigeria that means there's still hope but to be sincere GEJ is a little bit confused.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by talktimi(m): 8:45pm On Dec 30, 2012
berem: Why im no complain? If the road from bayelsa to portharcourt was not deplorable,would Azazi and others who died in the crash bother to use a military helicopter?
. They would still use an helicopter because of the boat journey from Nembe to Yenagoa which is about 2hrs. Most people from outside the Niger Delta will simply refuse such a boat ride.

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by toluleke(m): 8:48pm On Dec 30, 2012
that the end of all this struggles in life. I want dis and dat. 6Ft without them.naw JUDGEMENT

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Black_Oyinbo: 8:52pm On Dec 30, 2012
I'm really impressed with some orthodox churches. Some pastors are busy praying for an incompetent leader whose tenure has opened the doors for free for all looting. All our past leaders stole public funds, but Jona is sharing the love around. This is the first time there has been embezzlement of pension funds. However, no suspects have been apprehended, let alone prosecuted.

No political party in Nigeria can be trusted...however, we still have a few good men that can lead us forward.

Better vote people not parties...

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Had_one(m): 8:56pm On Dec 30, 2012
alj harem:

it shows you are not a Muslim or have never been to any Islamic gathering. Moreover is it sensible to be complaining at someone's burial ?
MY FRIEND IT IS O.K TO COMPLAIN AT SUCH OR SIMILAR GATHERINGS BECOUSE IF NOT 4 EVENTS LIKE THIS, WHERE CAN THIS POOR PASTOR SEE AND TALK 2 GEJ FACE 2 FACE?

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Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Benbiana: 8:57pm On Dec 30, 2012
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author=alj harem]

it shows you are not a Muslim or have never been to any Islamic
gathering. Moreover is it sensible to be complaining at someone's burial
?[/quote]

though, Imam and any thg relating to islam shd nt av been mentioned bt mind u wot d clergy said was nt complain , so all wot he said are sensible. try to say d truth,put religion aside.
Re: Jonathan, Dickson, Archbishop Trade Words at Azazi's Burial by Remii(m): 8:58pm On Dec 30, 2012
Am really glad this made the Nairaland, I listened to the service on radio nigeria and am so proud of the clergyman. Just look at how many people nigeria has lost within few weeks ago to accidents either road or plane crash or boat mishap.

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