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PANDEF To Ohanaeze Ndigbo: Tell IPOB To Stop Attack On Clark

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The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has berated the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over its attack on elder statesman and South-South leader, Edwin Clark.

Naija News earlier reported Clark had in an interview with BBC pidgin opposed the inclusion of the South-South region in Biafra Republic by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The elder statesman added that the proscribed group and its leader are dreaming over its inclusion of the Niger Delta region in the republic.

But in a statement on Friday by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB slammed Clark for excluding the Niger Delta in Biafra Republic.

The group said that Clark is not speaking for millions of Niger Delta people earnestly yearning for their liberation from the Nigerian bondage.

Reacting to the attack on Clark, PANDEF National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, in a statement on Saturday, urged the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to call the outlawed group to order.

He, however, asked IPOB to apologise to the people of South-South for disrespecting the South-South leader.

The statement reads: “The IPOB statement being circulated in the media, credited to one Emma Powerful, a supposed spokesman of the group against Senator Clark is idiotic and foolhardy.

“The preposterous expressions in the said article could only have emanated from deluded and demented minds, and are quite indicative of the silliness of the IPOB officialdom.

“It is a shame that they cannot differentiate between fact and fantasy. This stupidity would erode any sympathy they had hitherto received from the South-South geopolitical zone.

“Let us restate, without any equivocation, that the Niger Delta region is not part of Biafra and that no inch of the South-South geopolitical zone shall be part of any imagined ‘Republic’.

“It is rather puerile for IPOB or any other group to consider that Niger Delta region would be part of any arbitrary contraption. If it becomes necessary for the Niger Delta people to pull out of this country, we shall do so, on our terms.

“Regarding the unsavory remarks, it’s needless to mention the privileged credentials and contributions of the iconic nationalist and esteemed nonagenarian, whose life is a rich source of inspiration to many, within and beyond the borders of Nigeria.

“Nevertheless, since the IPOB belligerents are so infantile and uninformed, it would suffice to state that the influence and significance of Chief E. K. Clark transcend the South-South zone and the Niger Delta. He is an unswerving voice that resonates across Nigeria; for decades, speaking out against oppression, discrimination, and marginalization in the country.”

It added: “Over the years, the highly respected chief who was a federal minister of information and distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, has in his capacities as an educationist, politician, public servant, lawyer, lawmaker, community leader and nationalist, continued to play vital roles to stimulate unity, peace and development in the Niger Delta region, and Nigeria, at large.”

“He has been working with other patriotic Nigerians, including the leadership of the apex Igbo socio-Cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and eminent personalities of Igbo extraction, towards the realization of a better Nigeria, where equity, fairness and justice would reign, and which, he remains doggedly committed to, even at age 94.

“Though PANDEF assumes no well-meaning Igbo son or daughter would sanction the aspersion by IPOB on our respected national leader.

“However, we would insist that the leadership of the Igbo nation denounce the irresponsible statement by IPOB, and tender a public apology to the elder statesman, and, indeed, the entire Niger Delta people, in the interest of healthy relations between the South-East and South-South zones. Anything short of that would be inferred to be tacit approval of the balderdash of IPOB.”

Source: Naija News

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.