- Chief Edwin Clark has called for the restructuring of Nigeria
- The elder statesman called on President Buhari to look into the issue of lopsided appointments
- He said states that are not viable should be dissolved
Chief Edwin Clark has insisted that restructuring is the solution to Nigeria’s problem and has also suggested that states that are not viable should be dissolved.
According to report, the Niger Delta chieftain in a press conference on Wednesday, September 27 also lashed out at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation over recent appointments.
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Clark said a situation where the north corners 36 positions out of 55 as against 19 for the entire South is not acceptable and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to correct this lopsidedness.
He said: “When we restructure this country, you look at what you produce in your area. What is going on today is very very bad. It is not good enough, where people leave their states to Abuja to collect money without knowing where that money comes from. They don’t want to look back.
”In our last constitutional conference, we said that five per cent of our fund should be devoted to exploring other mineral resources.
“Tell me one state in this country that can pay the salaries of their staff. Is it not a shame? Is that a country? where states go to beg for money and at the end, he who pays the piper, dictates the tunes. So you are making the Federal Government more powerful. That is why devolution of powers is very very necessary.
“But let us have a restructuring of this country. So that I know what is been produced in my area, you know what is been produced in your area so therefore if your state is not viable continuously dissolve it, join other people. We cannot continue like this. Work for twelve months, working and have no pay. Nobody will take it that is not a country, we are not running.
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“When people are talking about restructuring they know what they are talking about. We must restructure this country. And I am happy that everybody is now talking about restructuring. We are not talking restructuring to make some people our enemies or their enemies. Restructuring has been going on since 1945 in this country.
“From Richard constitution to Macpherson constitution to Littleton constitution to independence even during the military, Constituent assemblies were held all for restructuring. Let them create a better Nigeria for all of us, for our children in particular.”
The October 1 quit notice issued to the Hausas and Yorubas in the Niger Delta region of the country was withdrawn by the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators.
This is as a factional group, Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress (PNDPC), has warned that the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) led by Chief Edwin Clark has lost the mandate to speak for the people of the region.
NAIJ.com learnt that the withdrawal was contained in a statement signed by 13 militant leaders.
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