Politics 'Some of Our Elders are Completely Ignorant'-Niger Delta Forum Berates Edwin Clark



Niger Delta Peoples Forum yesterday condemned Niger Delta elder, Chief Edwin Clark and former leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, (NDPVF), Asari Dokubo for their negative statements targetted at the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

According to Daily Post, the Niger Delta indigenes led by Secretary General of the Forum, Prince Stephen U.A Ebri on a courtesy visit to Governor Shettima said, "‎There is one issue that is seriously troubling the minds of every one of us here and that is how some of our elders from the Niger Delta that are completely ignorant of the true situation in Borno State are attacking this Government that is doing everything within its powers to address the problem.

" Sir, we were in Maiduguri when you were sworn in on May 29th, 2011. Sir, in case our elders in the Niger Delta do not know, there are Niger Delta people living in Borno, we are from the Niger Delta but our difference is that we are well informed about the true situation and they are ignorant, they don’t know, they don’t want to know and we don’t think they will ever know. We are not fools or sycophants, we are responsible people that will call a spade a spade. When you were sworn-in Maiduguri was in disarray, people were killed daily, bombs were every where, all of us were living iin perpetual fear, young boys were threatening everyone with guns, calling phone numbers to threaten people but today, Your Excellency, you have been able to lead the people of Maiduguri to rise against threats and defend themselves, today, Maiduguri is an opposite of what it was when you came in.

"Rather than the fear and citizens imprisonment you met in May 29th 2011, today there is peace, security and freedom in Maiduguri. It was you that led us to the peace through the intervention of God almighty. We are worried so much by some of the utterances of our Niger Delta brothers like Asari Dokubo and elder like Chief Edwin Clark. Only yesterday, we read an advert by Chief Edwin Clark sponsored on the Newspapers calling for the removal of Governors, saying all manner of things that are out of absolute and annoying ignorance. Chief Clark said the Borno State Government is not cooperating with the Federal Government. How can a Government that is using resources to finance security agencies be accused of being uncooperative when we all know that it is the Federal Government that is supposed to fund the security? We are angry and tired with these utterances that are making us very uncomfortable in a State that the people have been treating us with love and respect.

"This is a State Government that went as far as giving a political appointment to a son of the Niger Delta‎ from Delta State and that son works directly with Governor under the Governor’s office. This is a Government that appointed an Igbo man as a cabinet member and that Igbo man is in charge of community relations, that Igbo man has been with Your Excellency for many years. Sir, anytime people from Niger Delta speak on Borno out of ignorance we feel very ashamed because all that they say are not the truth of the ground realities in Borno State and some people assume that we from the Niger Delta share the hate views of some of these people. We have had enough of them.

"They are trying to mislead Nigerians and they are making us unhappy in a place we have been happy for many years. In the light of the foregoing, ‎we the the great ‎people of the Niger Delta in Borno State hereby disassociate ourselves from all utterances made against the government and people of Borno State. We are however committed to any meaningful goal of the Niger Delta people which do not compromise the unity,peace and progress of the entity called Nigeria. The people of Niger Delta are reasonable, we are tolerant, we fight but we fight good courses and not the feather the embers of hate.‎ Anybody calling for the military is talking out of ignorance of the laws of this country.

"If anyone has a military man he wants to make Governor of Borno State, he shouldn’t come through the backdoor, he should sponsor that person to retire and contest elections for the Governorship of Borno in 2015 and we will be very happy to send that person letters of commiseration after we successfully and proudly re-elect Governor Kashim Shettima in 2015 to continue his great works of sustaining the peace in Maiduguri and working to attract peace in the entire Borno State” the forum said.‎

The group further expressed grief over the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls.

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