Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) chief, Chief Chief Edwin Clark, has stated that the 2019 elections will doubtless decide the destiny of the nation within the subsequent 4 years and past, additionally predicting that the end result of the polls is bound to form the destiny of future generations.
He subsequently, harassed the necessity for Nigerians to shun faith, tribe and tongue and work collectively to make sure that optimistic issues work out.
Clark spoke when a gaggle, Christian Campaigners of Nigeria paid him a courtesy name on the weekend.
The previous federal commissioner of Data who described the go to as well timed because the elections have been simply weeks away stated: “This forthcoming election can also be vital as a result of our nationwide financial system has suffered probably the most unfavorable downturn in recent times. Now we have misplaced thousands and thousands of jobs in latest occasions; unemployment continues to soar to the rooftop, and costs of even primary foodstuff at the moment are out of the attain of the typical Nigerian.
“Due to this fact, it’s an election that may almost definitely decide the destiny of this nation not solely within the subsequent 4 years, however truly its future, the way forward for our kids, the way forward for generations but unborn. That’s the reason it will be important that each aspect or teams needs to be concerned. All fingers should be on deck.”
On skewed appointments that favour sure components of the nation, Clark stated the nation was at crossroads therefore the necessity for restructuring.
“This nation is at crossroads at this time. In case you are from sure components of the nation, it’s almost definitely you’ll not get some jobs, regardless of the provisions on Federal Character in our structure. As an example, it’s nonetheless contemporary in our minds, what occurred just some days in the past on the ground of the Senate when names of Nigerians have been despatched to the Senate for clearance as members of the Board of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), and a few zones of the nation: the South-South and the South East zones, have been conspicuously overlooked from being nominated to serve on the board. This won’t be the primary time although. It additionally occurred within the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC), which is the engine room of the oil business, when its board was constituted.
“Out of a board of 9 members which incorporates the chairman, six are from the North, a non-oil producing space; and these six embrace the current Chief of Employees, whose schedule of obligation is already very tight. One is from the South West, an oil producing zone; just one is from the South-South which produces 90 p.c of the oil and non from the South East, an oil producing zone. If issues are finished equitably, the headquarters of the NNPC must be within the South-South which is the zone that produces the best proportion of oil, the commodity that sustains the nation. Aside from the exploration that takes place within the South-South with its attendant penalties of environmental degradation, each different exercise takes place exterior the zone of exploration, starting from recruitment of workers to award of contracts, and many others.”
The Ijaw chief described as worrisome, the desecration of nationwide establishments via using the army and the police for political positive aspects.
“I’m additionally very frightened on the growing development of desecrating our nationwide establishments, notably the Nigerian Military and the Nigeria Police Pressure for political positive aspects. Increasingly, sure individuals within the political class have continued to tug the police to grow to be surrogates in attaining their nefarious political ends.
“That is the explanation why I help the restructuring of this nation, and can help any presidential candidate that has the restructuring of this nation genuinely at coronary heart and sees it as one of many cardinal issues he’ll do, if elected into workplace. It is because restructuring will verify this inequality, this injustice. Restructuring will make or drive states to be viable, as a result of they are going to start to assume exterior the field, if they have to survive.”
Clark stated the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) has been in help of restructuring since 1994, therefore majority of Nigerians are in tuned together with his plans to restructure the nation.
The Ijaw chief stated: “Alhaji Atiku Abubakar believes within the restructuring of the nation, a imagine he has held since 1994 when he served as a member of the Constituent Meeting, along with individuals just like the late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and my good buddy, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike.
“It’s also for that reason that I’ll advise that as clergy males, you don’t stand aloof. I agree 100 p.c with the Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto that each one Christians should be concerned in politics and to not go away it for many who see themselves as skilled politicians. It’s a must to encourage your members/followers to be lively in politics, to come back out and vote within the forth coming elections and in doing this, they have to vote their conscience. Don’t permit individuals to intimidate you, to coerce you, or offer you cash which they stole from our frequent purse.
“In the midst of our interplay, we met with the presidential candidates; all of them professed favourably on the difficulty of restructuring. Now most of them have made a u-turn.
“There may be a lot ethnic and spiritual bias. No Nigerian is extra of a Nigerian than the opposite Nigerian. This nation belongs to all of us. In order for you this nation to be nice once more, if you need this nation to work once more, then come out and vote, and in addition inform your congregation, inform your followers to come back out and vote.
“Maybe, the query I’ll like to go away with each one in all you is that this, ‘did Lord Fredrick Lugard within the means of amalgamating this nation, say that one half needs to be extra superior to the opposite?’ This query I would like you to depart with.”
Earlier, the group’s Coordinator, Ayuba Kantiok, stated the motion has a mandate to revive Nigeria.
“This can be a mandate of restoring Nigeria; it’s about reorientation of Nigerians on the necessity to transfer the nation ahead.
“We got here to seek the advice of with Pa Clark as a result of now we have noticed that Nigeria just isn’t working, therefore the choice to place this group to rescue Nigeria.
“We’re Christian ministers however we’re advancing the reason for Nigeria and never faith. The election is coming in 2019 and now we have the mandate of God that it’s for the church to rescue Nigeria. Our marketing campaign is that of justice, inclusiveness which now we have noticed just isn’t occurring.
“We determined to mobilise the youths to champion this trigger. The youths confronted me and stated Nigeria is lifeless so they’re championing their very own trigger however I informed them it isn’t.
“We aren’t unsure that in Nigeria, we see you as one which youths have been trying as much as for talking the reality which many are hardly doing lately.
“The programme to rescue Nigeria commenced at this time with this go to. We’re right here to basically inform you that we’re for direct motion. We are going to now not anoint individuals to go and marketing campaign, we’re going to take the result in rescue Nigeria.”