Niger Delta Will Soon Take Its Destiny In Its Hands – Clark Warns

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The Chairman of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has renewed calls for resource control deploring the situation where the Niger Delta, despite its role in sustaining the country, has to take permission before benefitting from the resources it produces.

The Elder Stateman made the remark on Tuesday when he received the newly inaugurated senator representing Bayelsa West, former Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

Clark said the current situation is an indication that the Niger Delta region is oppressed warning that the region ‘will soon take our destiny in our own hands.’

He cited a situation where 18 senators representing the South-South do not oppose laws and bills that are against the region as a clear indication that they are lacking in the Senate and the National Assembly.

Clark expressed delight that the former Bayelsa Governor was elected as a senator and will be an authentic voice of the Ijaws in the Senate.

He affirmed that there cannot be unity in the country where some see themselves as superior to others.

The elder statesman said: ‘We are an oppressed people, I have always said that we will soon take our destiny in our own hands.

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“People do not appreciate what we are doing for Nigeria, what we are providing for Nigeria. They control our resources in our backyard, they manage it, and at the end of it, they benefit from it and now make us second-class citizens in our country. They use our very money to control us.

“What type of country to do we belong to? We produce all the resources in this country and for me to benefit from it, I have to travel to Daura in Katsina State to ask for approval for me to benefit from what is being produced in my backyard. And if I am lucky they will give it to me with some conditions.

“So, I am happy that you have been elected. As I said when you were coming, I said I’m still mourning, I don’t want to talk about politics yet. But politics is in my veins, I cannot see my senator being inaugurated and for him to come and see me without saying that this is what you are going to do in that place. [The] time will come after my mourning period [when] I will speak.

“This country we are is a country for all Nigerians. No one owns it more than the other. We are equal citizens in Nigeria.

“Unity does not mean you must be superior to the other. Then you won’t have a country. So, you have a duty to perform.’

“It is not enough to be a senator, you must distinguish yourself at all times. That’s why you are called a distinguished senator. I know you will be the voice of an Ijaw man in the senate,” Clark said.

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