Edwin Clark Tackles Buhari
Nigerian nationalist, politician and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 59th Independence Day speech.
The Ijaw leader slammed the President in his reaction, saying there is nothing different in his 2019 speech when compared to previous Independence Day speeches under his administration.
Clark made the submission on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, shortly after President Buhari’s nationwide broadcast to the nation.
Clark who accused Buhari’s administration of failing to achieve any significant progress since 2015, was of the opinion that the President should have spoken specifically on what he intends to do to resolve the mirage of problems facing the country including insecurity, poverty, and others.
“There’s nothing new in Mr President’s speech. We’ve heard all these before – the increase of power, fighting corruption and corruption fighting back,” the Ijaw leader said.
“Insecurity in this country is preventing us to move forward and for four years now, we still have all the challenges we are having in the previous administration.
“Boko Haram, for instance, has not been decimated. Today, we have other various challenges like kidnapping which he (Buhari) mentioned in his address, raping of women, herdsmen problems.”
Chief Clark also lamented that the Niger Delta region has been neglected by previous and current administrations, calling for urgent steps to be taken to address the peculiar challenges facing the region.
“Those of us who come from the Niger Delta; we are being neglected,” he said, adding, “Pollution is going on, I’m happy he (Buhari) also mentioned the Ogoni clean-up.
“Ogoni is not the only place which is being polluted in the Niger Delta. No development in Niger Delta … but we remain patient in the interest of the peaceful co-existence of this country.”