- Chief Edwin Clark says only restructuring can help Nigeria's citizens to live freely in their country
- Clark, a former information minister, alleges that some people are holding Nigeria by the jugular
- He argues that the attacks on Benue communities were not because of the anti-grazing law passed by Samuel Ortom
Elder statesman and convener of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, has declared that only through restructuring of Nigeria would the every citizen of the country begin to enjoy their rights as expected and desired.
Clark said this in a speech he was meant to have presented at the Middle Belt mega-rally in Makurdi, Benue state on Monday, July 16 before their flight was allegedly denied landing rights.
The former information minister who released the signed speech, said every Nigerian should be a free citizen of the country with equal rights with others, but lamented that this was not currently the case.
“Let me restate from the outset, that every Nigerian is a bona-fide citizen of this country. No Nigerian is, therefore, more Nigerian than another Nigerian. We all have equal levels of rights and obligations under the laws of our dear country.
“A situation where a particular cabal belonging to one group of people will see their group as the rulers and treat others as second class citizens is unacceptable to us and should and will be resisted. Modern day slavery does not have a place in this country.
“Even in the dark ages of slavery, people stood up to fight for their rights, they stood up to fight for the rights of their children yet unborn, their aged, their women and their vulnerable people.
“This right is today recognized as inalienable under the International law and no one can take it away from you. All that is required is for you to use legal and legitimate means,” he said in the lengthy speech illustrating some of his arguments with historical facts.
Clark recalled the tension that enveloped the country in 2010 following the death of the late Umaru Yar’Adua, lamenting that the situation had not changed eight years after.
“I am 91 years old now. Unfortunately, eight years after the situation has not changed, rather has gotten worse. From the over 300 persons killed in Benue state, to the massacre in Taraba state, in Kaduna state, in Zamfara, in Kogi, in Plateau state and in Sokoto state, the blood of innocent Nigerians are spilled every day, in cold blood, in the most unprovoked and senseless manner,” he said.
He lamented that the attacks on the states in the middle belt were carried out in the most inhuman ways.
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He further argued that the attacks on Benue communities were not because of the anti-grazing law passed by Governor Samuel Ortom, wondering if Simon Lalong passed same law before the recent attack on villages in the state.
“The question is did the governor of Plateau state pass a law before the massacre of over 200 innocent persons, with about 38,000 persons displaced?” He asked.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday, July 16, disclosed that he has been sent out of his present political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
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