The Niger Delta community residing in Borno, Friday, took Niger Delta ‘elder stateman’, Chief Edwin Clark and the vocal former leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, (NDPVF), Asari Dokubo to the cleaners for their negative comments on Governor Kashim Shettima in connection with the abduction of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls.
The Secretary General of the Niger Delta Peoples Forum, a socio-cultural body of all indigenes of the region in the state, Prince Stephen Ebri made the remarks when the organisation paid a solidarity visit to Governor Shettima at the Government House in Maiduguri.
Ebri said all Niger Delta indigenes in the state have distanced themselves from the negative utterances credited to Clark and Dokubo, describing them as baseless.
“Your Excellency, we are worried so much by some of the utterances of our Niger Delta brothers like Asari Dokubo and elder like Chief Edwin Clark. Only recently, we read an advert by Chief Edwin Clark sponsored in the newspapers calling for the removal of the governors, saying all manner of things that are out of absolute and annoying ignorance.
“Chief Clark said the Borno state government is not cooperating with the Federal Government. How can a government that is using resources to finance security agencies be accused of being uncooperative when we all know that it is the Federal Government that is supposed to fund the security?
“We are angry and tired with these utterances that are making us very uncomfortable in a state that the people have been treating us with love and respect.
“This is a State Government that went as far as giving a political appointment to a son of the Niger Delta from Delta State and that son works directly with governor under the governor’s office”.
He further added: “This is a government that appointed an Igbo man as a cabinet member and that Igbo man is in charge of community relations, that Igbo man has been with Your Excellency for many years.
“Sir, anytime people from Niger Delta speak on Borno out of ignorance we feel very ashamed because all that they say are not the truth of the ground realities in Borno State and some people assume that we from the Niger Delta share the hate views of some of these people.
“We have had enough of them. They are trying to mislead Nigerians and they are making us unhappy in a place we have been happy for many years.
In the light of the foregoing, we the great people of the Niger Delta in Borno State hereby disassociate ourselves from all utterances made against the government and people of Borno State. We are however committed to any meaningful goal of the Niger Delta people which does not compromise the unity, peace and progress of the entity called Nigeria.
“The people of Niger Delta are reasonable, we are tolerant, we fight but we fight good causes, not fan the embers of hate”.
Shettima for his part, thanked the community for the visit, saying his government will continue to identify itself with all resident regardless of their religious, ethnic and geographical affiliations.
The Dokubo/Clark bashing continues.
[Photo: H/T YNaija]