Delta - Ijaw elders in Delta state have opposed the inclusion of Chief Edwin Clark in the Niger Delta dialogue with the federal government towards resolving renewed militancy in the region.
According to Vanguard, the Izon council of elders in a statement, on Wednesday, September 13, in Warri, Delta state said the inclusion of Chief Edwin Clark will truncate the dialogue process because President Buhari may not want to dialogue with Niger Delta leaders who kept silent about the development of their own region throughout Jonathan’s tenure.
The elders said the militants should have known that the inclusion of the Edwin Clark in the dialogue may either stop, delay or bring negative results to the Niger Delta region.
They said: “President Muhammadu Buhari knows most of the Niger Delta leaders that were wining and dining with former President Goodluck Jonathan, but were deliberately silent about the development of their own region throughout Jonathan’s tenure.
“Buhari may not have any genuine discussion with a negotiation team set up or led by Chief Clark that may likely be loaded with former opposition leaders, appointees and adopted fathers who could not advise their own son on reasonable development of Niger Delta in six years as President.”
A new militant group operating in the Niger Delta had last month also asked the Federal Government not have a dialogue with Edwin Clark on behalf of the militant according to News24.
The group stated that Ijaw National Leader cannot negotiate on their behalf as the militants feel Clark's team is part of a 'gang of breast-pocket politicians.'
The militants would rather have the FG build up a way forward personally with the group.
- News 24