President Muhammadu Buhari, former president Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Dolapo, former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Peter Obi and others weekend paid their last tributes as the late Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson, mother of Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, was buried in Delta State on Saturday.
Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, sent a condolence letter he personally signed which was read at the funeral/commendation service at Enimieyi Compound, Esinekrizi Quarters, Toru Angiama Community of Patani Local Government area òf Delta State. Buhari described the late Madam GoldCoast as a loving mother who made serious sacrifices to train and put her seven children on the path of success.
"On behalf of the Government, my family and the people of Nigeria, I write to commiserate with you, the Dickson family, as well as the government and people of Bayelsa State, on the demise of your mother, Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson, at the age of 72. Mrs GoldCoast Dickson was a loving mother who sacrificed so much for her children and the community. Her intelligence, kindness, Love and humility, her jovial nature would be greatly missed by all who knew her. With her strict disciple, she trained you and your siblings to become who you are in life. Her demise has created a great vacuum that is difficult to fill. I am confident that her good work would remain a lasting legacy for posterity," Buhari said.
Responding, Dickson thanked the President and other distinguished Nigerians across party lines who took out time to be part of his mother’s burial programme. He said Nigeria was too big to be torn apart by political differences, stressing that disagreements were normal in politics. Dickson said it was indeed in the interest of the society for political actors to have disagreements on issues for the general good of the country.
“I would like to use this opportunity to thank and appreciate the President for his thoughtful message of condolence and for deeming it fit to send no other person than the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who is a good man, doing a good job. The President called me, to condole with me when my mother passed on three months ago. The Vice President was here to honour me with his wife. And all the leaders, I thank and appreciate all of them. As I said in my brief remarks, our country is bigger than politics, politics is just a tiny aspect of the life of a nation, it is a tiny aspect of even our individual lives. You have the economic dimensions, you have the national security dimension, there are so many other dimensions that call for collaboration. All of us should profess love for our country, but can disagree on how we get there. Those disagreements are normal, we should even have more of it. But there are certain aspects of our humanity that should bind us together, and this a human event," Dickson said.
In his brief remarks, Jonathan said Nigerians from across political divides converged on Delta State Tp witness the final burial of the late matriarch of the Dickson family because she was blessed to have produced men of honour and integrity. Also, Atiku said the virtues and legacies left behind by Madam Goldcoast were made manifest by the lives of the children she raised. The Deputy President of Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, said the late matriarch did not die in vain as she left behind seven children and lasting legacies. The list of high profile dignitaries at the event included Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Governors Delta, Cross River, Edo, Rivers, Abia, Ebonyi and Sokoto states, Ifeanyi Okowa, Ben Ayade, Godwin Obaseki, Nyesom Wike, Okezie Ikpeazu, Dave Umahi and Aminu Tambuwal respectively. Also at the event were the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; PDP Chairman Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin; former Delta State governor, James Ibori; and former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa. Others were NDDC Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki; SPDC Managing Director, Osagie Okunbor; former NDDC Managing Director, Timi Alaibe among others. Madam Goldcoast was buried at Enimieyi Compound, Esinekrizi Quarters in Toru Angiama Community of Patani Local Government area of Delta State.