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Start implementing existing reports on restructuring to honor Pa Clark, Ijaw Diaspora Council tells Tinubu

Prof. Mondy Gold, President, Ijaw Diaspora Council, IDC

The Ijaw Diaspora Council (IDC) has called on President Bola Tinubu to immediately begin implementation of existing reports on the restructuring of the country as a birthday gift to Chief (Dr.) Edwin Clark who clocked 97 years on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Noting that such a gesture would not only be to celebrate Senator Clark for his invaluable service to the nation, but would, according to a statement by Professor (Amb.) Mondy Selle Gold, President of the Council and Amadabo of Ijaw Diaspora, “also set Nigeria on a path to genuine unity and progress.”

The Council, in its tribute to the iconic statesman on his birthday, also pointed out that Chief Clark, a one-time Minister, has devoted his life to tirelessly championing the campaign for the restructuring of the country and the establishment of true federalism, as well as ensuring that all federating units can flourish at their own pace.

Full text of the statement reads:

On behalf of the Ijaw Diaspora Council, I extend our heartfelt and warmest birthday wishes to the illustrious Ijaw Nation Leader, Pa. Dr. Senator Chief Edwin Clark, on his extraordinary 97th birthday.

Pa. (Dr.) Chief Clark, your enduring legacy as a beacon of wisdom and an unyielding advocate for justice and equity has been a beacon of hope and inspiration to us all. Over the years, you have tirelessly championed the restructuring of our beloved country and the establishment of true federalism, ensuring that all federating units can flourish at their own pace. Your vision and advocacy have cast a light on the undeniable foundational problems that have long hindered Nigeria’s peace and progress.

Your steadfast commitment to this cause underscores the urgent need for restructuring, a path supported by major organizations including the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO USA), Collaborative Council of Nigerians Abroad, Global Nigerian Diaspora Forum, African Diaspora for Good Governance, and the Ijaw Diaspora. We share your vision of a future where the component units control their resources, advance at their own pace, and where no one is marginalized by the center—a future that embodies a truly federal Nigeria.

In honor of your lifelong contributions and unwavering dedication, we call on the President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu GCFR, to prioritize the implementation of existing reports on restructuring as a birthday gift to you, Pa. Chief (Dr.) Senator Clark. Such a gesture would not only honor your invaluable service to the nation but also set Nigeria on a path to genuine unity and progress.

Thank you, Pa. Chief (Dr.) Senator Clark, for your tireless efforts and profound impact on our nation. May this special day be filled with joy, and may your unwavering spirit continue to guide us toward a brighter future.

Happy 97th Birthday!

Professor (Amb.) Mondy Selle Gold
President of the Ijaw Diaspora Council & Amadabo of Ijaw Diaspora

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