By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— WORRIED by the security challenges in Nigeria, founder and president of Rainbow Push Coalition, Chicago, Reverend Jesse Jackson, has pleaded with the government of the United States of America to assist the country in seeing an end to the problem.
Jackson, who spoke at the 42nd Annual International Convention of the Coalition in Illinos, Chicago, noted that an atmosphere devoid of peace could not witness growth, adding that it had become imperative to join Nigeria in the fight against terrorism because if its position on the African continent.
According to him, Nigeria, with a growing population of young ones, must also be supported in the area of education for a sustainable future.
Jackson told the delegates that all were invited to have a first hand information on activities of Rainbow Push Coalition, adding that 600, 000 African-Americans were currently in jail in the United States and that the organisation was fighting to help the poor, especially the upliftment of black children and women.
One of the highlights of this year’s four day convention with the theme, “A More Perfect Union: 150 years later, beyond Freedom- Reconstruction,” was the presentation of International Peace and Humanitarian Award to former Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for his service to humanity, consistent fight for justice, rule of law and enthronement of democracy in Nigeria and Africa.
Delegates to the convention were drawn from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, among others, with Chief Clark leading Nigeria’s delegation.
According to a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, Chief Clark was received by Governor Pat Quinn of the State of Illinos on behalf of the Rainbow Push Coalition, even as the South South leader was described by Jackson as the Conscience of Nigeria.
Chief Clark in his response, after receiving the award, however, described it as a moral booster, an indication that his activities were highly appreciated in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, adding that the award would further encourage him in his continued fight against injustice.
According to Clark, Nigeria is going through a difficult time, especially in the area of corruption. He was, however, quick to add that President Goodluck Jonathan was doing everything possible to move Nigeria forward in the provision of infrastructure, fixing of the railway system, education, among others.
The event, according to the statement was coordinated from Nigeria by Dr. Cairo Ojougboh.