Ijaw Elders Forum, IEF, in Lagos State, on Sunday, felicitated with elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief E. K. Clark on his 93rd birthday, describing him as a man that stood and fought for the rights of minorities and the down-trodden.
In a statement by its Chairman and Secretary, Bukazi Etete and Efiye Bribena, respectively, IEF Lagos stated that “on a day like this we recall with nostalgia and pride the quality of leaders the Ijaw nation has provided in ensuring peace, love and unity in our country.
“Ijaw leaders have always contributed sacrificially to the unity, peace and well-being of Nigeria.”
“With the current state of insecurity and disunity in the nation, we would like to appeal to other sectional leaders to emulate the good works of Chief Clark by putting aside selfish and section interests to work for the peace, security, progress and unity of Nigeria.
“Leaders should shun all forms of nepotism, tribalism and corruption and promote the virtues of integrity, peace, love, probity, sound reasoning and selflessness.
“As we celebrate this great leader, we call on all well-meaning Nigerians to draw the attention of our leaders today to halt the drift to the abyss by emulating the values of our revered founding fathers.”
CHIEF DR. EK CLARK AT 93 YEARS: WE CELEBRATE A TRUE LIVING LEGEND!!!
TODAY, MONDAY, 25TH MAY, 2O2O,
WE CELEBRATE A TRUE “LIVING LEGEND”, AN IROKO OF OUR COMMON ASPIRATIONS AND A PRIDE OF OUR GREAT HERITAGE AS A PEOPLE,
CHIEF, SENATOR, DR, EDWIN KIAGBODO CLARK
AS HE CLOCKS THE ENVIABLE AGE OF 93 YEARS.
A LEGAL LUMINARY, POLITICAL LEADER, ACTIVIST PER EXCELLENCE, DEFENDER OF PEOPLES’ RIGHTS, FORMER COMMISSIONER, OLD MIDWEST STATE, FORMER FEDERAL COMMISSIONER (MINISTER) FOR INFORMATION, FOUNDING MEMBER, NATIONAL PARTY OF NIGERIA (NPN), 2ND REPUBLIC SENATOR (REPRESENTING BENDEL STATE), COORDINATOR, FOUNDING MEMBER AND FORMER MEMBER, BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PEOPLES DEMOCRATICPARTY (PDP), (SOUTHERN MINORITIES CAUCUS, 2ND REPUBLIC SENATE), LEADER OF SOUTH SOUTH AT 2014, NATIONAL CONFERENCE, FOUNDER, SOUTH SOUTH, PEOPLES ASSEMBLY (SSPA), FOUNDER, PAN NIGER DELTA FORUM (PANDEF), CO-CONVENER, SOUTHERN NIGERIA AND MIDDLE BELT FORUM, FOUNDER, EDWIN CLARK UNIVERSITY, KIAGBODO, DELTA STATE, FATHER OF NIGER DELTA AND IJAW NATION, HOLDER OF HIGH NATIONAL HONOURS OF OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC (OFR), COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (CON), ETC, ETC, ETC
DADDY, WE CELEBRATE AND ARE INSPIRED BY YOUR CONTINUED LEGACY AND HARDWORK. ON THIS AUSPICIOUS OCCASION, WE CONVEY BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS FOR MANY MORE HEALTHY AND ACTIVE YEARS AHEAD.
AMBASSADOR DR GODKNOWS IGALI, OON
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