Elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark has disclosed that the dreaded Boko Haram sect had asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to convert to Islam when he was in power.
The South-south leader disclosed this in a “State of the nation” message made available to newsmen.
He revealed that top government officials and politicians are culpable in the killings and violence by Boko Haram.
Edwin Clark said: “I call on President Buhari to honestly come to terms with the stark truth, that his current efforts with his security apparatus are grossly inadequate for the task.
“I call on Mr. President to urgently convene a sober ‘National Discourse on National Security’ of former Heads of State, Presidents, statesmen and leaders, women and selected youths in Nigeria to work out a consensual and amicable resolution of this long, seemingly intractable, challenge afflicting the country since the entry of Boko Haram menace in the national psyche.
“While also pleading with Boko Haramists, herdsmen, bandits, whatever name they choose to call themselves, to please stop this dastardly act, I enjoin all Nigerians to join in praying fervently for our nation for God’s mercy. We do not have any other country to call our own.”
Speaking further, the elder statesman urged Nigerians to be united, courageous and sincere to fight Boko Haram to avert the disintegration of the country.
“Fellow Nigerians, you will agree with me that the issues raised in my 87th birthday in 2014 are still plaguing us and it is even worse. I am pained; my heart bleeds for our dear country, Nigeria,” he said.
“Moreover, it is the reason I have decided not to celebrate, again, this time. I cannot be celebrating when people are being killed, maimed and rendered homeless.
“I cannot be celebrating when kids who could be my grandchildren and great-grandchildren are abducted and held captive. There are many things wrong, ranging from the question of equality and diversity, economy, infrastructural development, unemployment, lack of power and most importantly, security.”