“I have forgiven my persecutors” – James Ibori

"I have forgiven my persecutors" - James Ibori

A former governor of Delta State, James Onanafe Ibori who was found guilty of money laundering and subsequently sentenced to 13 years behind bars in the UK having completed his prison sentence last year has stated that he has forgiven his prosecutors.

The former governor who was released from the U.K. prison in February, 2017 while speaking at the at a grand reception organised for him at Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state noted that he has forgiven everyone who ganged up against him and put him behind bars.

Speaking at the event organised for him by one of his Urhobo kinsmen and political associate, Chief John Oguma, Ibori stated: “I have forgiven all those who played one role or the other in my incarceration.

“It has been a year since I returned from my sabbatical leave. I thank God and the entire Urhobo class for their support. In the days ahead, my actions will express my gratitude to you all.”

Ibori’s statement comes after the National Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus described the former governor as a hero.

Secondus had said: “Ibori must be celebrated because he is a man of the people, not just in Delta State but across the country today, and he is a factor in this country.

“On behalf of the masses of our country, we salute you (Ibori); we salute your courage because you are a man who believes in the struggle of the party.”