At 92, Clark charges FG to do more on insecurity, poverty
Elder statesman and leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, has charged the Federal Government to deploy better strategies to combat rising insecurity and poverty in the country.
Speaking at a press conference to mark his 92nd birthday in Abuja, yesterday, Clark urged Nigerians to strive for stronger unity to fight insurgency, which he noted was pushing the country to the brink.
Clark said: “I am pained; my heart bleeds for our dear Country, Nigeria. And it is the reason why l have decided not to celebrate again this time. I cannot be celebrating when people are being killed, maimed, and rendered homeless. I cannot be celebrating when kids who could be my grandchildren and great grandchildren are abducted and held captive.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commended Clark for remaining committed in his advocacy for equity, resource and environmental justice.
In a letter addressed to him dated May 25, 2019, Jonathan said his patriotism and commitment to nation building is evident in his legacies both as a public servant and as a private citizen.
He said: “You made significant contributions to Nigeria’s growth and development while serving the nation as a regional and federal commissioner in different political dispensations and you have continued to serve her as a foremost leader and statesman.”