(TRADE NEWSWIRE): It was on March 20, 2016 that a news broke with the headline: Peterside escapes death as unknown gunmen shoot orderly in Rivers State, in view of this, it was only the grace of God on Dr. Dakuku Peterside, that made it possible for him to turn 46 years on earth on 31st December, 2016, all in the name of his passionate love for the people of Rivers State, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
Dr. Warisenibo Dakuku Adolphus Peterside, who is the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers State in the 2015 general elections, gives praise to the Almighty God who speared his life for his family; his Rivers people who so much love and care for him and Nigeria as a whole, being the Chief Executive Officer of a Federal Government agency NIMASA, that regulates maritime affairs in Nigeria.
When the incident happened, the questions that kept on bordering my mind were:
Who was after Peterside’s life?
What was Peterside’s offence? These, among many other questions,we thank God, Peterside is alive today.
Yoruba elders say:
-(Ewu ina, ki I pa eiye awodi, eiye awodi e ku ewu) English meaning (The danger inherent in fire doesn’t kill an eagle bird, however the eagle bird should be saluted for escaping the danger of the fire).
-(Omo oni’le a te jeje, awon ajoji a te girigiri, Peterside iran baba ti yin lo ni ile) English meaning (The son of the soil walks gently in the land, while a stranger walks in the land insolently, Peterside you are indeed a son of the soil).
-(Aki i fi omo ore bo ore) English meaning (One does not use the son of the land for sacrifice to the land)
(Oun ti o koja lo ti lo, ki Olorun Oba ma je ki ari iru re mo, iku ti ko ba pa ni, ti o ba si ni ni fila, ki a dupe ni o to) English meaning (let bygones be bygones, the Almighty God will not let you experience such again, in any incident that happened to a man and he escapes death, inspite of injury sustained, one should Give thanks to God).
(Nitori idi eyi, ki e gbe igba ope) English meaning (In view of this, this is the time for thanksgiving for making you to escape an assassination attemp) because God sees you to the end of the year as you clock 46 years on earth.
(A n ju won ko se wi l’ejo, ija ilara ko tan boroboro) English meaning (That one is superior than them cannot be given as a reason for your offence, it should be noted that envy-induced quarrels does not ends easily).
On a lighter note:
Even seafishes join mankind to honour Dr. Dakuku Peterside @46
No wonder, sea-fishes said to me that they are joining Peterside to celebrate his birthday. I asked, what is your business with Peterside, as his birthday celebration concerns only his fellow mankind, but they replied that Peterside was the custodian of the Nigerian waters, there aboard, coupled with the fact that he made lives habitable for them by making Nigerian waters devoid of pollution for there green existence, reason why they declared December 31 as a public holiday for all sea fishes to honour Dr. Dakuku Peterside.It should be noted that fish might be scarce on that day unless Peterside intervene.
Yoruba praise poetry:
(Aso ti o wo si orun, funfun ne ne ni) English meaning (The cloth you put on is pure white)
(Bata ti o wo si ese, funfun ne ne ni) English meaning (The pairs of shoes on your foot are pure white)
(Ise owo re, funnfun nene ni) English meaning (Your handwork is pure white)
(Peterside ti o yo si odo, ti gbogbo omoge n yo owo ose) English meaning (Petersde, who went to the river and on getting there, damsels at the the river start fighting to bath him)
(Peterside, je ki won mo wipe ko si iku ni oju re, boya nigba ti o ba pee ogorun odun ju be lo sa o) English meaning (Peterside, let them know that you are not dying any time soon, may be when you clock 100years and above)
Yoruba elders prayer:
(Ni oju ewure, bi ki alapata o ku ni) English meaning (Left to goat, its wish for the butcher is to die)
(Ni oju aguntan, bi ki alapata o ku ni) English meaning (Left to sheep, its wish for the butcher is to die)
(Ni oju awodi oke, bi ki won ko worom’adiye re apata, ki o le ri oun gbe je) English meaning (Left to the eagle bird, its wish is for cock to take it’s chicks to the mountain to enable it consume them)
(Akalamagbo ko ni s’alai lo egberun odun laye) English meaning (Vulture don’t die not until it has lived up to a 1000 years on earth)
(Gunnugun ki ku lewe) English meaning (Vulture does not die young) – May you live long Dr. Dakuku Peteside.
Your dear wife, Barr. Elima Peterside, a good and supportive wife at that, also prayed for you and wishes you long life & prosperity as you clock 46 years.
My prayer for your wife is: Yoruba language (E o ni fi oju sun ekun oko) English meaning (You will not be a widow).
Rivers people and stakeholders in the maritime sector wish you Happy Birthday.
Holy Bible, Deuteronomy 4:40
So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.
Holy Bible, Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.
Profile of Dr. Dakuku Peterside
Dr. Peterside holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Management Sciences (Organisational Behaviour) from the University of Port Harcourt with an MBA in Business Administration and Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.MLS) in Haematology both from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
He has also attended high level management trainings at prestigious institutions including the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Kellog School of Management Chicago, J. Mark Robinson College of Business Atlanta-Georgia all in in the United States as well as the Galilee College in Israel amongst others.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside was at various times the Chairman, Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Rivers State on Works, Executive Director of Development and Leadership Institute (DLI) and Commissioner of Works in Rivers State.
In 2011, Dr. Dakuku Peterside was elected to represent Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives where he chaired the House of Representatives Committee on the Petroleum Resources (Downstream). He was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers State in the April 2015 general elections.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCN) and also holds membership of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) as well as Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN).
Dr Dakuku Peterside was appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 10, 2016.
Born on December 31, 1970, Peterside is a native of Opobo Kingdom from Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State. He is married to Elima Peterside, a Lawyer and they have three children.
HAPPY 46TH BIRTHDAY TO YOU SIR, WISHING YOU LONG LIFE AND PROSPERITY
NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT
May God Guide Our Leaders Right
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