Monday, 22 December 2014


Hon. Seriake Dickson
Governor of Bayelsa State
Christians in Bayelsa Stste have expressed concern over the manner in
which the affairs of the Christian Faith had been treated with levity by the Seriake Dickson administration from inception.
Clergymen and Christian faithfuls who spoke to Golden Pen Newspapers on strict conditions of anonymity said it was not expected of the Dickson administration to delay in the very important Christian exercise, of Pilgrimages to the HolyLand Israel to participate in the annual Spiritual Exercise of Praying for the Nation and the State and her leaders.
The delay of the take-off of Bayelsans Pilgrims gives the impression that the State Governor who is a Christian leader had not given due attention to enable Bayelsan Pilgrims to join other Nigerians and people all over the world to pray at the Holy sites.
The delay they say may not be unconnected with the laxity and the incompetence of the Advisers who fail to imtimate the Governor the reality on ground and importance of Pilgrimage exercises in Christendome and the reason why Bayelsa should be at the forefront especially now that Dr. Jonathan who is a Christian is the President of our Country, Nigeria.
They urged the Advisers to rise up to the Challenges and meet with the Governor to act without delay with a view to taking away the looming disgrace against Bayelsa on the situation of abandoning intending Pilgrims after all the processes to their take-off including screening by all relevant Agencies were completed, should the exercise fail.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson who succeeded, Chief Timipre Sylva as governor of Bayelsa State was being rated high as a performing governor in terms of infrastructural development, Education, Peace and Security amongst others, but that observers have noted, is not all that the governor was expected to do for the people of the State in governance.
Hon.Seriake Dickson who was celebrated at inception by Christian Leaders in the state because of his Christian background feel that the Governor may have turned away his face from his Christian brethren on affairs related to Christian Pilgrimages.
Clergymen and the laity in the State agreed that, Governor Dickson was giving too much attention to Politics by sponsoring many social activities, while, playing down on the very important Christian Pilgrimage, which is not a ceremony, but a Spiritual exercise that benefits both the State and the Country.
The governor, according to the Christians should have been the first in the list to sponsore Pilgrims to the Holy Land Israel, for Bayelsans to join other Christians accross the Country as part of Nigerian  Delegation to pray for Bayelsa State and our Country, Nigeria; especially now that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian leader, who is a son of the soil is the President of Nigeria.
The Christian family in the state believes that Governor Dickson being an astute Christian will not truncate the 2014 Pilgrimage or any other Pilgrimages in the State. But the worry is that, Christians in other states including Moslem led states in the Country
 were seen in the forefront in their droves going to the Holy Land Israel, while Bayelsa which aught to be the number one does not know when to start the journey.
The Christian family used the medium to call on the State Government to consider Christian Pilgrimages as priority area in her annual budgets, so as to avoid such unnecessary delays in the future; while calling on their governor and Christian brother, Brother Seriake Dickson to use his good offices to effect timely departure of the 2014 batch of Bayelsan Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land Israel.