Stop Destroying Youngmen, Iweriebor Tells Clark
Elder statesman and member of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly,Hon. Humphrey Iwerieboh, has advised leader of the Ijaw, Chief Edwin Clark, to act with moderation that is befitting of his age and stop pulling young politiciansin the state down.
Iweriebor, who is also the patriarch of Idumu Usuma community, Owa-Oyibu inIka-NorthLocal Government Area of Delta State, said in letter entitled: “To MyFellow Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark”, that: “I am speaking in this wise because it is clear to me that you may just be using your new found influence at the Abuja corridors of power to oppress younger ones and this isrepulsive for men of our age.”
Iweriebor, who was moved by the recurring disagreements the Ijaw leader has been having with the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, said: “I have watched very keenly, the utterances of my fellow statesman, Clark, for sometime now and I am compelled to use this medium to speak to him as my friend”.
He tasked Clark further: “Why must you be the umbrella under which every person that has the minutest complaint against the government of Delta State take cover? Have you as an elder, trodden the path of uniting the Peoples Democratic Party in concert with the governor and failed before treading this strange political path for a man of your age? Elders must carefully and painstakingly work for peace in their societies, but asking the National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, to dissolve the PDP executive in Delta State was certainly not intended to achieve peace,” he stated.
He also accused Clark of double standards. He noted that Clark's Foundation for example collected N18 million donation from Delta State Government while the chief made so much noise about rejecting a car presented to him as birthday gift by the Uduaghan administration.
“Does this expose you as espousing dual standards of morality? Do you use your teeth to share meat that you forbid? ...No! I strongly disagree with this method. As elder statesmen, our every actions and utterances must be geared towards teaching the younger ones how to live uprightly,” Iweriebor said.
He urged Chief Clark not to set bad examples for the younger ones who have reasons to emulate some of his past achievements.