Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has slammed Niger Delta statesman Chief Edwin Clark over his claims that the ex-president has hatred for the Niger Delta region.
Edwin Clark who is the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, had accused Obasanjo of showing hatred towards the people of the Niger Delta region, after the ex-President verbally attacked the National Secretary of the INC, Ebipamowei Wodu, at a peace and security parley convened by the Global Peace Foundation and Vision Africa.
Clark accused the former president of double standard on the subject of resource control in the country, in a letter titled, “My disappointment over your unprovoked outburst against the people of the Niger Delta region”.
In his response to Clark, Obasanjo warned that he is not anyone’s lackey, telling Clark to choose his words carefully.
He added that the Ijaw leader is uncouth (rude) and “judging him by his own standards.”
A part of the letter read as follows;
“I have never shown any anger, distraught with Niger Delta region nor any part of Nigeria. Some of the languages you have deployed to describe me in your letter are offensive, uncouth and I totally and completely rejected them, I am not inconsistent, hypocritical, unstatesman, and nor am I anybody’s lackey.
“You use your own yardstick to judge others. I hope you think and adjust. Negotiation achieves better results than dictation.
“Revolution for sea-change may rarely happen and then we may continue to languish in frustration and regret with dire judgment in posterity.”