A former Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Wednesday bemoaned the alleged neglect of his people by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The leader of Ijaw ethnic nationality of the Niger Delta stated this when he hosted Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, who led a high-powered delegation of his government officials and Ijaw leaders to Clark’s Kiagbodo country home in Delta State, on a New Year visit.
Clark said, “This New Year will touch the heart of the Federal Government that the Ijaw people have been neglected for too long. Something has to be done for them. We want actual appreciation, something has to be done for us.”
Clark also used the opportunity to applaud the governor for delivering dividends of democracy in Bayelsa State.
Governor Dickson in his response said he led the delegation to Kiagbodo on a Christmas and New Year visit to Pa Clark to consult the Ijaw leader on issues of urgent importance to the Ijaw nation.
“We will consult on other issues of urgent importance both at the level of Ijaw nation, and the level of the larger Nigerian nation. Our leader is there to encourage us, to support us. So, apart from bringing season’s greetings and warm felicitations to our leader and our father, I am also here to consult our leader because we have an urgent task to put the Ijaw nation together.
“We have an urgent duty to put all sections and components of the Ijaw movement together. I want to make a public call for unity at all levels. I call for unity in the IYC. I want to see greater unity, greater display of dedication at all levels in the course of service to our people. I call for support as we move together to reposition the Ijaw nation as we move forward. I call for peaceful coexistence in all the states where we have the Ijaw nation. I also call for justice, fairness and equity,” he said.
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