By Adamu Shaibu
Former minister of Information, and Ijaw Leader Edwin Clark, has said that Mallam Adamu Ciroma’s utterances on the recent October 1, Abuja Bomb blast are provocative, adding that he has converted a major national calamity into political comedy.
Chief. Clark who said this in a letter addressed to Ciroma tagged “An open letter to Mallam Adamu Ciroma on his provocative utterances on recent national issues”,noted that this is not the first crisis in this country.
According to him, “During President Shagari’s administration, there was the Maitasine riot in Kano in 1981 which claimed thousands of lives and destroyed property worth millions of naira. Furthermore, Kaduna has been a hot-bed for series of religious riots in Nigeria claiming innumerable lives of innocent Nigerians and property including churches and Mosques. Most of the victims had to be protected in Army Barracks.
“The President Olusegun Obasanjo administration invaded Odi in Bayelsa State where the military wiped off the entire community, leveling every structure including sacred places like churches, graves and ancestral monuments. There was the Jukuns and Zaki Biam crisis in Benue State where innocent citizens and property were destroyed. We all heard the futile cry of General Malu who hails from that community, calling for justice.”
Chief Clark noted that President Shagari, Obasanjo and Yar’Adua whose administrations also presided over violent incidences all swore to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and protect lives and property of Nigerians.