Nigeria has reached a stage where it must be restructured in order to move forward, said Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark.
“Nigeria must be restructured. We cannot live in a country that is lopsided. Eighty per cent of the resources of this country are in our backyard but there’s nothing to show for it. The people are angry and nothing has been done.
“For instance, the board of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was reconstituted recently. Nine members: but there is nobody from the oil-producing area on the board. We have a situation where, as a Nigerian, what I produce is being controlled and maintained by other people. The restructuring has already been discussed at the National Conference and what came out of the conference is what Nigeria would be,” he said.
Clark spoke in Warri, Delta State, yesterday at a meeting with the management team of the Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. T. O. Olagbemiro, to announce the inauguration of the institution’s Faculty of Law.
He called for a country where everyone is equal; regretting that neglect of the Niger Delta region has led to the rise of militant groups and the destruction of critical oil infrastructure.
He also condemned corruption in the country, particularly in the National Assembly, saying: “Can you imagine a situation where legislators fix their own projects into the national budget? This is corruption.
”Nigerians are suffering. They have no food to eat. Salaries are not paid, yet legislators paid N57 million for cars that are sold for N17 million. Do they even need these expensive cars at this difficult period? Those unpatriotic legislators have been cheating us, and a time will come when we will decide whether we still need them or not.”
Clark, however, expressed satisfaction with the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari, urging Nigerians to support the initiative.