BY CHARLES KUMOLU
LAGOS—A Former Police Commissioner in Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has said Niger Delta elders led by Chief Edwin Clark, who are calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to run for a second term, are saying so for parochial interests.
He also lampooned elders from the geo-political zone for alleged silence, while Rivers State was being destablised by political crisis.
Tsav, in a statement, commended five Northern governors, for consulting two former Heads of State on the need for a solution to the multifaceted crises confronting the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
According to the statement, ‘’some are beating the drums of war that if the President is not re-elected, Nigeria will go up in flames as though they alone voted for him in 2011 and as if they introduced the Doctrine of Necessity.
“Elders like Chief E.K Clark have allowed their parochial desires override national interests.
“Those who are encouraging violence do not know that they will be consumed by such violence. Where was chief Clark in 2011? I urge our politicians to learn from history and the Arab Spring. The nation and its people should come first.”
“I commend the five governors for their foresight and patriotism by visiting former Heads of State and consulting with them on the state of the nation. The situation in River State is a real threat to democracy. Unfortunately the so called leaders of Niger Delta areas are silent and seem to be enjoying the show of shame stirred by opportunists.”