2015:Northern Group tackles Edwin Clark



A northern youth group, Arewa Citizens Action For Change  has taken  on south south political leader Chief Edwin  Clark over his recent comments berating Northern leaders ,particularly Northern governors.Clark has been vociferous in urging northern leaders to rein in terrorists  just as he has been spearheading the campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 reelection bid.Northern governors led by Muazu Babangida of Niger state have categorically said they would work towards a single northern  candidate come 2015 .

But the northern youth group has joined the fray by accusing  Clark of being  unstatesmanlike in his comments..”We  consider old man Clarke’s meddlesomeness in the internal concerns of  other sections of the country as unstatesmanlike as it is irritating  thereby denying Clarke any further respect either earned by virtue of  age or through interactions with other elders” the youth group said

“Having  lost every claim to the respect that would have ordinarily accrued to  him automatically, Clarke is hereby cautioned to mind the tunes he uses  on other sections’ cultural and political leadership.

“  We also wish to remind Clarke pointblank that Nigeria is too big and too  important to be mortgaged in the hands of novice leaders backed by  sectional warlords.

“ We  find it difficult to understand what Clarke considers wrong with any  section of the country working out its political game plan for the  future.  While  we caution Clarke and his fellow Ijaw separatists to mind the myriad  worries in their part of the country and allow other leaders mind  theirs, we urge the northern political leadership not to be distracted  by the antics of these divisive elements.

“We  assure northern elders, governors, political, cultural and religious  leaderships we the organized northern youth are solidly behind them. And  for the avoidance of doubt, Chief Clarke should know that the youth of the north are prepared to go any length to defend and support any  decision reached by the regions elders and its governors.

Read the text of the youth group’s press conference  emailed to Newsdiaryonline on Thursday in Abuja

AREWA CITIZENS ACTION FOR CHANGE  PRESS CONFERENCE HELD ON THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012 IN ABUJA  ADDRESSING THE UNGUARDED UTTERANCES OF SOUTH-SOUTH ELDERS 

Gentlemen of the Press,

Good morning

Disturbed  by the recent unguarded and obviously provocative remarks by leader of  the South-South Elders Forum, Chief Edwin Clarke on matters that are  purely the internal concern of the northern region and its people, we  address this press conference to declare the open support of the  organized northern youth for our elders, governors, political, cultural  and religious leaders.

1.                 From  the onset, we categorically wish to announce our unshakable solidarity  with and support with the position articulated by the Northern Governors Forum under Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu Governor of Niger State on the  need for the political leadership of the region to present a unified  front in its continued struggle to reclaim its right to the presidency  after having conceded it to the present president from Chief Clarke’s  zone

2.                 We  find it as unfortunate as it is provocative for Mr. Clarke to arrogate  to himself the power and privilege to attack our leaders at the  slightest opportunity even on matters that clearly do not call for such  interference.

3.                 We  consider old man Clarke’s meddlesomeness in the internal concerns of  other sections of the country as unstatesmanlike as it is irritating  thereby denying Clarke any further respect either earned by virtue of  age or through interactions with other elders.

4.                 Having  lost every claim to the respect that would have ordinarily accrued to  him automatically, Clarke is hereby cautioned to mind the tunes he uses  on other sections’ cultural and political leadership.

5.                 We also wish to remind Clarke pointblank that Nigeria is too big and too  important to be mortgaged in the hands of novice leaders backed by  sectional warlords.

6.                 We  find it difficult to understand what Clarke considers wrong with any  section of the country working out its political game plan for the  future.

7.                 While  we caution Clarke and his fellow Ijaw separatists to mind the myriad  worries in their part of the country and allow other leaders mind  theirs, we urge the northern political leadership not to be distracted  by the antics of these divisive elements.

8.                 We  assure northern elders, governors, political, cultural and religious  leaderships we the organized northern youth are solidly behind them.

9.                 And  for the avoidance of doubt, Chief Clarke should know that the youth of

the north are prepared to go any length to defend and support any  decision reached by the regions elders and its governors.

10.             And that our position in this regard is non-negotiable.

 

THANK YOU

SIGNED

 

Barrister Abubakar Kurawa

Chairman,

Arewa Citizens Action for Change,  

 

Malam Sani Darma,

Secretary

 

Nastura Ashir Shariff,

National Coordinator

 

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