Former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark has said that at his age of 89 years, he would not head any team of Niger Delta leaders to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari. Clark, who spoke to Vanguard, said: “Please, allow me to correct an impression. I have heard many things about what people are saying. At 89 years old when I am overdue for my boarding pass at the invitation of Almighty God to the world beyond; it should be clear that I am not looking for relevance.Therefore, I am not going to lead the delegation of leaders of Niger Delta coastal states to meet with President Buhari. I am old, I do not have that strength to be going about from one place to the other.
“We have younger people; we have to select one of them to lead the delegation representing the ethnic nationalities of the region to go for us and when they come back, they will report to the elders. What I am interested in is peace in the Niger Delta; I cannot see the Niger Delta burning and keep quiet. I had spoken out against the bombings in the region many months ago, but the boys did not listen. But I will not say that because they did not listen at the time and I should keep quiet while the house is on fire. That is the reason I am involved in this matter. Niger Delta cannot be on fire and I say that I had spoken, the boys did not hear and government did not hear also, so I decided to keep quiet, many will not forgive me because what is happening is destroying the economy of the nation and ecology of the region.”