On Friday, Mr. Jonathan would begin his
journey back home from the seat of power in Abuja.
At the Government House Helipad in
Yenagoa, Mr. Jonathan would be received
by Seriake Dickson, the Bayelsa State
governor, and other top government
officials, according to Dan Kikile, the state’s
Commissioner for Information.
The former president, as he would then be
known, would be hosted to a civic
reception at the Gabriel Okara Cultural
Centre, before proceeding to his hometown
in Otuoke where he would be received by
chiefs and his kinsmen.
“The state government wants to use the
occasion to showcase the affection of
Bayelsa people to Jonathan and thank God
for successfully completing his tenure in
office,” Mr. Kikile said.
At the Dame Patience Jonathan Square in
Otuoke, a gathering centre for the
community, rows of plastic seats arranged
in a U-shape overlooks an open field that
measures 35 by 25 feet.
A handful of young men, in paint-smeared
overalls, add fresh coats of paint on rails
and beams while the women sweep the
Outside the square, some youth unload
giant loudspeakers and other musical
equipment from a delivery truck.