Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has commiserated with the Graham-Douglas family in Abonnema community in Akuku-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.
In a condolence message to the family, the Bayelsa State governor described the late Graham-Douglas as a foremost nationalist and Izon cultural icon.
He stated that Graham-Douglas belonged to the pantheon of the Ijaw elites that made the ethnic group proud.
Governor Diri noted that the former four-time minister and exceptional politician would be greatly missed for his frankness, forthrightness and fatherly disposition.
He 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, Nigeria and beyond.