CELEBRATING – PA EDWIN KIAGBODO CLARK AT 93
We the members of Ijaw Elders Forum, Lagos join all well-wishers across Nigeria and the globe to celebrate our revered Elder Statesman and Nationalist Chief E.K. Clark on his 93rd birthday anniversary today May 25th 2020.
On a day like this we recall with nostalgia and pride the quality of leaders the Ijaw Nation has provided in ensuring peace, love and unity in our country. Ijaw Leaders have always contributed sacrificially to the unity, peace and well-being of the Nigerian Nation.
Right from the first republic, Chief Clark stood for and fought for the rights of minorities and the down-trodden. A great lover of Education, He was pivotal to the establishment of the University of Benin.
In the height of militancy in the Niger Delta, Pa E. K. Clark and other well-meaning Ijaw Patriots at great personal risk and sacrifice worked for the promotion of Unity, Peace, Love and Progress in Nigeria by working tirelessly to restore peace and normalcy in the Niger Delta. At the risk of losing his reputation with his people Chief Clark also led other compatriots under PANDEF to pressurize the Niger Delta militants to maintain the peace in 2016. It is worthy of note that despite the concerted efforts of Chief Clark and other compatriots to maintain the peace in the Region the expectations of the people from the Government have not been met.
With the current state of insecurity and disunity in the nation we would like to appeal to other sectional leaders to emulate the good works of Chief Clark by putting aside selfish and section interests to work for the peace, security, progress and unity of Nigeria. Leaders should shun all forms of nepotism, tribalism and corruption and promote the virtues of integrity, peace, love, probity, sound reasoning and selflessness.
As we celebrate this great leader we call on all well-meaning Nigerians to draw the attention of our leaders today to halt the drift to abyss by emulating the values of our revered founding fathers.
Chief Bukazi Etete
Chairman IEF Lagos
Pastor Efiye Bribena
Secretary IEF Lagos