Group tackles Edwin Clark over anti-north remarks
A political pressure group, the Northern Emancipation Network has taken a swipe at Niger Delta elder, Edwin Clark over it considered the unguarded utterances of a leader, whose only target was the North.
The statement took exception to Edwin Clark’s selective call for the imposition of state of emergency in certain Northern states, while exempting southern states like Rivers. The group ‘s surely circulated media statement reads as follows:
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NORTHERN EMANCIPATION NETWORK IN RESPONSE TO EDWIN CLARK’S REMARKS ON BORNO, YOBE GOVERNORS
March 6, 2018
We read with utmost irritation a statement credited to Chief Edwin Clark in which he tends to castigate the person’s of the Governors of Birnin and Yobe states, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam respectively.
Though we do not oppose the emergency rule measure in predominantly troubled states of the country, we are however concerned that old man Clark typically singled out Borno and Yobe to the exclusion of Taraba and Rivers states.
Characteristic of his lying persona, Clark accused governors Kashim Shettima(Borno) and Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe) of frustrating efforts of the Federal Government in nipping the war in the bud because of what he described as the governors’ selfishness and what they stand to gain
His specific allegation that the Borno State governor takes the advantage of being the Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum by always traveling out of the state and abandoning his people is particularly disturbing as it points to the actual direction of Clark’s aggression – the North.
Clark deliberately neglected to state the truth of how the Borno and Yobe Governors have been putting all the have in the fight against insurgency whereas the government of Taraba which he chooses to ignore is downright complicit in the current wave of bloodshed that threatens to surpass Boko Haram.
Out of sheer mischief, Clark also did not mention the recurring violence in Rivers state nor make reference to the failures of the government of his kinsman, Goodluck Jonathan which has contributed largely to the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Perhaps in his haste to attack, Clark has not bothered to check his facts to ascertain the level of cooperation and concern shown to the fight against insurgency by Shettima and Geidam.
While it was Geidam who blew the lid off the obvious security lapses that enabled the abduction of the Dapchi girls, available records show that Shettima on his part, has been quite engaging towards tackling the Boko Haram and indeed all other security challenges across the North.
Perhaps Clark has forgotten so soon how no meaning whatsoever was made by the war against the insurgents throughout the six years of his “son” Jonathan’s tenure as President.
Clark and his co-travellers in the mischievous and divisive friendship across the Niger should note that the North of today is one that is adjusting towards the dynamics of upholding the trust and legacies of its founding fathers.
Clark’s unfounded outbursts have confirmed our belief that there are underground forces that are driving these unrests in the North, and fueling tension aimed at rendering the region incapacitated
Clark has also confirmed our worries that the unrests are being instigavted by mischievous interests across some states in order to achieve certain hidden objectives having tried desperately and woefully failed to create tension in the country towards the end of Jonathan’s tenure in 2015.
Finally we advise Clark to look inwards and concentrate on solving the mounting problems he and others like him have created in the South South.
Coordinator, Northern Emancipation Network