Elderstateman and South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on all Nigerians to shelve all differences and work towards the development of the country.
Clark, also a former Minister of Information and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), said this at a ceremony marking his 96th birthday in Abuja on Thursday.
“We are all one, irrespective of our differences. Anybody who believes Nigeria should not be one, or we are one by mouth, or some people are oppressed or intimidated, then there is no country. We cannot discriminate against our citizens. We must see ourselves as equals. That’s what I’m fighting for.
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“I’m a Nigerian. I will not keep quiet if my people are suffering. If one side of the country is suffering, I believe we all belong to this country,” he said.
Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa supported Clark’s call for unity among Nigerians.
“I share in Clark’s fight for justice. The only way there will be peace is when there is justice and equity.
“We want to see a peaceful Nigeria and a just and equitable country where everyone will have a sense of belonging,” he said.