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Published On: Sat, Jul 27th, 2013

Clark Apologises to Nigerians over Altercations with Prominent Politicians

Chief E.K.Clark

LAGOS JULY 27TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Ijaw leader and former Information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark has apologized to Nigerians for his recent comments and altercations with prominent politicians across the country.
A retrospective Clark spoke with newsmen in Warri, Delta State on Friday in the wake of his recent entanglement with Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido.

The Ijaw leader took on Lamido and four other governors for their recent visit to embattled Rivers State Governor, Rt Honourable Rotimi Amaechi and other prominent Nigerians.
He insisted that nobody could stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking election in 2015.
His outburst elicited a stern response from Lamido.
The Jigawa State Governor urged the elder statesman to mind his utterances in order not to jeopardize the nascent democracy.
Chief Clark, speaking at the finals of the first Chief E.K Clark National Wrestling Championship held in Warri on Friday , said, “I apologize to all Nigerians if my utterance or my action threatened the peace and unity of this country.
“All politicians, leaders should emphasize only those things that keep this country together, we cannot split, Nigeria is a large country,”
He emphasised that “love is one of the greatest thing that binds us together and Nigerians should learn to love one another and work assiduously for the unity of the country”.
He disclosed that he had to rescind his decision to reply to a statement against his person by the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido when he discovered that a wrestler from Jigawa State was squared against a wrestler from Delta State.
According to Chief Clerk most of the statements issued by politicians were as a result of political interests not that they were against the unity of the country.
The former Minister of Information called for a national conference to be convened noting, “we need to discuss the basis of our unity in this country.”
While also apologizing to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for any possible wrong he had done him, Chief Clark assured him of his support and that of his followers.
Governor Uduaghan in his speech called on the people of the South –South Region and indeed Nigerians to ensure that they put the unity of the country first in whatever they do. He called for support for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan and his transformational agenda.
He said, “the unity of Nigeria is paramount, the unity of South-South is paramount, the unity of Delta State is paramount, Nigerians should continue to support the President to succeed.”
“Our people in the South-South should support the President, whatever challenges we have, we can discuss it back home, it is not for us to pull the President down,” Dr Uduaghan said.
He added, “we should avoid statements that are inciting, many of us prayed for democracy, we should also work for the sustenance of our democracy.”
Governor Uduaghan who was happy with the success recorded at the National Wrestling Championship reiterated, “when there is no unity, there is no development.”
Source: Nation

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