Nestor Binabo, a former acting governor of Bayelsa State, has died.
Binabo, who presided over state affairs from January 27 to February 14, 2012, was alleged to have died on Thursday after a long illness.
He also served as a commissioner for youth and conflict resolution, deputy speaker, acting speaker, and speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, where he represented the Sagbama constituency III.
Douye Diri, the state governor, characterized Binabo as a grassroots politician who will be much missed in state politics.
Diri, in a sympathy letter released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, stated that Binabo contributed his fair share to the development of the state and left at God’s appointed time, having fought for his life.
He asked the late politician’s immediate and political families to accept his death as God’s decision and be consoled by his significant impact on state politics and development.
He also prayed to God to give his family the strength to face the loss.
“It is unfortunate that the state has lost a former acting governor, foremost legislator, and formidable grassroots politician,” Diri added.
“No one can ask God why this happened. Everyone has a specific time.
“I urge his family to take solace in his exemplary role in politics and his contribution to the development of Bayelsa.” He will be deeply missed by the state.
“I pray for the family’s strength and the grace to bear this loss.”