As Old as You Are, I Am Agitating to Set You Free – Nnamdi Kanu Replies Edwin Clark

Edwin Clark, former Nigeria’s Minister (Federal Commissioner) of Information under Yakubu Gowon, recently called for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Clark was quoted to have said during an interview with the Cable that “There is nowhere that youths will take over the administration of a place and it is very irresponsible for Kanu to say there will be no election in Anambra State in November. He should be arrested and detained. There is a limit to their agitation and I am happy that the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo has condemned them.”

However, in a swift and classic response to Clark’s careless and highly irresponsible statement, Kanu has told Clark that the former’s agitation is to set Clark and his likes free.

“I don’t play the politics of militancy, I don’t, I also don’t play the politics of amnesty payment, it’s of no use, I don’t play the politics of settlement; I play the politics of freedom.

IPOB shall never go back

IPOB enthusiasts on parade to celebrate release of Nnamdi Kanu on bail after 18-month detention in Abuja prison for alleged treason against the Nigerian state.

“Edwin Clark never asked me why I am stopping Anambra state election, because if he had asked me why; I will tell him that as old as he is, I want to set him free.

“The reason why the so-called elders and the Igwes want the election to hold is because of the oil allocation, and because of the monthly payment. They don’t care about the masses and their suffering, because if they do, they will go to Osinbajo to negotiate the date for referendum instead of election. . .

“Edwin Clark is fighting for resource control of 13%, may be moved to 15%, Nnamdi Kanu is fighting for resource control of Ijaw people, so that they can control their resources 100% through our freedom”

It should be noted that Clark worked with Hausa-Fulani people to betray Biafrans during the first Biafra-Nigeria War. He was among the people that sold out his region, when Gowon took over the resources of the region in the pretext of prosecuting the war against Biafrans.

Clark is a classic ‘house nigger’ [Uncle Tom] of the riverine part of Biafra.  A recent example of his betrayal was the manner he turned his back against Jonathan, who took him as a political godfather and rehabilitated him, as soon as Hausa-Fulani took over the reins of power.

Clark who threatened fire and brimstone during the campaigns if Jonathan did not win the 2015 election, only few months after General Buhari was muscled into power, declared that Goodluck Jonathan “lacked the political will to fight corruption”.

 

Chief Clark’s public comments were earlier published as posted below:

Clark Calls for Kanu’s Arrest Over Comments on Anambra Guber Election – Thisday News

Niger Delta leader and convener of Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, has called for the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Clark said the IPOB leader should be locked away for declaring that an election would not take place in Anambra State in November. Governorship election in the state has been scheduled for November 18, 2017.

But Kanu is insisting that no election would take place in the state until the government picks a date for a referendum to determine if the Southeast wants to remain a part of Nigeria.

In an interview with Vanguard, the Ijaw leader said Kanu did not know the implications of his demand for an independent state of Biafra.

“I think Nigeria is one country, we cannot break up. My advice to those beating the drum of secession is to take it easy. The war of 1967 to 1970 claimed so many lives and property; made some Nigerians to almost become second class citizens in their own country.

“These boys who are going around, led by Nnamdi Kanu, some of them were not born at that time, and if they were born, they were very little children. I agree that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has marginalized them.

The elder statesman, according to The Cable, added: “Okay. What of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government? I think the Igbo played a leading role in Jonathan’s government; they had every chance, every opportunity to develop their area. But some of them were selfish. The secretary to the government was an Igbo man.

“At that time, the chief of army staff was an Igbo man; the Igbo occupied very important positions in President Jonathan’s government, so they couldn’t have said they were marginalized. Rather it was the Yoruba who were crying that they were being marginalized. And towards the end of Jonathan’s government, he decided to give them so many posts because we all belong to one country called Nigeria.

“So, these boys should be told the history of Nigeria from independence to let them know that the Igbo were not marginalized in the past, especially in the first republic and, in fact, their kinsman, late Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi, was head of state.

“Rather we the minorities have always cried of marginalization and not the three major ethnic groups until 1966 when the coup of the young majors changed the face of Nigeria and the Igbo suffered in the war that followed, but that era is gone.

“And they won’t say that during Shagari’s time in the second republic the Igbo suffered because an Igbo man, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was the vice president. If the Igbo are marginalized, by the present administration and I am one of those who support them in their cries against marginalization, but secession is not the answer.

“There is nowhere that youths will take over the administration of a place and it is very irresponsible for Kanu to say there will be no election in Anambra State in November. He should be arrested and detained. There is a limit to their agitation and I am happy that the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo has condemned them.”

Niger Delta militant with a public face

Asari Dokubo is leader of Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) that forced past administrations to the negotiating table for payoffs.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday asked all eligible voters in the five South-east states to immediately take part in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise in readiness for a possible referendum for the emergence of the Republic of Biafra.

This is a clear departure from the position of IPOB) leader, Kanu. who has asked South-east electorate to boycott any further election in the zone beginning with the Anambra State governorship poll on November 18 until a referendum is ordered.

This came as MASSOB declared September 13, 2017, as its anniversary day for its members and friends of Biafra.

But in their latest position contained in a statement signed by Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke, National Secretary, MASSOB, and made available to THISDAY in Enugu, the pro-Biafra group urged the citizens not to fail to register at the nearest INEC office.

MASSOB made it clear that possession of the Nigeria voter’s card was not for Nigeria election.

“That for a proposed statehood of Biafra to be ordered and declared by United Nations, the voting population of Biafrans through the registration and possession of the voters’ card must be captured in the national demography of the existing political territory (Nigeria) from which the voting population of coming statehood (Biafra) is seeking a separation.

“That it is never an all-comers affair, even if UN comes in the existing mother country (Nigeria) to conduct and supervise a referendum that will determine the future of Biafra, she still has a critical role to play. The registration and possession of the voters’ card is for the Biafra referendum”, he said.

 

 

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