BY DAPO AKINREFON
LEADER of the South-South Elders Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday, distanced himself from a media report, which sought to portray the North in bad light and incite the Northern leaders against the Niger Delta People.
He also denied being a member of the Ijaw National Security Council and called on Nigerians to disregard what he described as “unpatriotic, wicked, malicious, fake and inflammatory documents in circulation.”
In an open letter to Malam Adamu Ciroma and members of the Northern Political Leaders Forum, NPLF, Chief Clark said “my attention had also been drawn to the explosive fake document being circulated by the publisher of an obscure weekly magazine, “Desert Herald”, to Nigerians, particularly the northerners and to media houses with the sole aim of inciting and creating bias and hatred in the minds of Nigerians against the Niger Delta people, particularly the Ijaw ethnic nationality.”
Chief Clark denied being involved in any way with the said document, being circulated to cause disaffection among ethnic groups in the country. He said, “I hereby dissociate myself and the leaders listed in the document and the generality of our people from this wicked, vicious and malicious document, which the Niger Delta people reject in its entirety. There is no organisation known as Ijaw National Security Council and none of us is a member of such non-existent council.
“There exists the Ijaw National Congress, INC, which is well known. It has its own constitution and there is nowhere in the constitution where Ijaw National Security Council is listed as one of its organs. It is true that Dr. F. Obianemi is the current president of INC, while I am the Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
“It was also alleged in the fake document that the meeting of the Ijaw National Security Council was held at Government House, Yenagoa on December 18, 2010, which is a lie. I have not been to Yenagoa for over one year now, either to preside over a meeting or in my private capacity. I returned from London to Abuja on December 14, 2010 where I went for my usual medical check-up,” he said.
He condemned the malicious document, and appealed to Nigerians to discard the contents of the said document.
“I repeat, I have never been to Yenagoa for over one year now and I had not visited Government House, Yenagoa. It is wicked and malicious for anyone to formulate lies against us purportedly to incite the Nigerian public, particularly the northerners against the Ijaw people for no just cause, but mainly because of the presidential election,” he added.