The attention of the Bayelsa State Government has been drawn to some
misleading reports by a section of the media surrounding the marriage
ceremony of President Goodluck Jonathan’s foster daughter holding in
Yenagoa, the State capital.
We wish to make it abundantly clear that, contrary to such unfounded
stories in the media, the State’s economy is not affected, as people have
been going about their activities without hindrance.
It is, therefore, not true that state and in particular, Yenagoa, has been
shut down because of the event.
The only place so affected is the Kpansia market, which is a traditional
Saturday market and incidentally it is situated at the heart of the venue
of the Today’s marriage ceremony.
It is only reasonable to close the market in the best interest of all
It does not make any sense to have both the market and the ceremony go on
at the same time. This would be chaotic, with inherent inconveniences.
Also, the decision to stop construction work on major roads in Yenagoa
Today is mainly for security reasons and to allow a better flow of traffic
along the routes leading to the venue of the marriage, because of the large
turnout of dignitaries and this should be understandable.
The frenzied reports with various slants to the wedding ceremony are
exaggerated. It is obviously not true that the entire economy of the State
has been shut down, because of the wedding ceremony as widely reported.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State