Clark rescinds statement, apologises to Nigerians, Lamido
Ijaw leader and former Information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, has apologized to Nigerians for his recent comments and altercations with prominent politicians across the country, especially with the governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
Chief Clark spoke with newsmen in Warri, Delta State yesterday at the finals of the 1st Chief (Dr.) E.K Clark National Wrestling Championship held in Warri yesterday said: 'I apologize to all Nigerians if my utterance or my action threatened the peace and unity of this country. All politicians and leaders should emphasize only those things that keep this country together. We cannot split; Nigeria is a large country.
'Love is one of the greatest things that binds us together and Nigerians should learn to love one another and work assiduously for the unity of the country'.
He disclosed that he had to rescind his decision to reply to a statement against his person by the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, when he discovered that a wrestler from Jigawa State was squared against a wrestler from Delta State reiterated that most of the statements issued by politicians were as a result of political interests not that they were against the unity of the country.
The former minister used the occasion to call for a national conference to be convened noting, 'we need to discuss the basis of our unity in this country.'
While also apologising to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for any possible wrong he had done him, Chief Clark assured him of his support and that of his followers.
Governor Uduaghan, in his speech, called on the people of the South-South and indeed Nigerians to ensure that they put the unity of the country first in whatever they do.
He called for support for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan and his transformational agenda.He said: 'The unity of Nigeria is paramount; the unity of the South-South is paramount; the unity of Delta State is paramount; Nigerians should continue to support the President to succeed.
'Our people in the South-South should support the President. Whatever challenges we have, we can discuss them back home. It is not for us to pull the President down.'
He added:'We should avoid statements that are inciting. Many of us prayed for democracy. We should also work for the sustenance of our democracy.'
Governor Uduaghan who was happy with the success recorded at the National Wrestling Championship said: 'When there is no unity, there is no development.'