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GEJ says people are killed by their attitude

Azazi-funeralThe remains of General Andrew Azazi was on Saturday buried at Heroes Park in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Azazi, a four star General, retired from service on 20th August 2008 and was appointed National Security Adviser on October 2010.

He was killed in a helicopter crash alongside Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna and four others while returning from the burial ceremony of
the father of Oronto Douglas, an aide to President Jonathan.

The burial was preceded by a service led by Bishop of Bomadi Vicariate His Lordship, Most Revd Hyacinth Egbeboh.

During the service, Mrs. Akpolade Okora-Azazi read the first lesson and Owoye Azazi read the second lesson.

The corpse of the late warlord was conveyed to the grave side by a Naval Ambulance at about 3.20 pm. It was then lowered into the marble
grave by a team of military officers after observing the last salute and military honours of gun shots.

President Goodluck Jonathan in his speech called for attitudinal change among Nigerians for things to work and the country to make  progress, noting that corruption was not the only challenge to good governance.

He said this while reacting to a statement made by Rev. Hyacinth Egbebo. The clergyman had attributed the cause of accidents on Nigerian roads to bad roads created by corruption in government.

The president said, “If Nigerians would change their attitude, you will realise that most of these issues being attributed to corruption  are not caused by corruption. Recently, I met with officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps who told me that they had discovered that
majority of the road accidents are recorded on good roads.”

“So you can see it is not a matter of corruption, it is an issue of the people’s attitude.”

He described the late General as a “detribalised Nigerian, who believed in merit and competence,” adding that “If 50 per cent of Nigerians would behave like the late Azazi, believe me, this country will change for the better. I had no regret when I appointed him as my national security adviser, he was a good Nigerian.”

On his part Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, said Nigeria has lost one of its finest military officers. He said the State Government will liaise with military authorities to institute an endowment fund to select best officers of the force in memory of the late General.

Others who spoke at the service are the Chief of Army Staff. General Ihejirika Azubike, Mr. Rotimi Ameachi Governor of Rivers state who  said a popular street in Port Harcourt would be to be named after Azazi; former Bayelsa Governor, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

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