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Clark Responds to Lawal Kaita, Nothing Will Happen if Northerner Does Not Emerge President in 2015 – Naija Pundit

April 1, 2012

First Republic minister for information, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, has responded to the threats from Alhaji Lawal Kaita, who had said that Nigeria would divide if a Northerner does now win the 2015 Presidential election.

Kaita  speaking in Katsina had said “We hear rumours all over that Jonathan is planning to contest in 2015. Well, the north is going to be prepared if the country remains one. That is, if the country remains one, we are going to fight for it. If not, everybody can go his way,” he said in an interview in Katsina. Lawal Kaita said the recent stand of the party on consensus was a total negation of the motive behind forming the party.

It may be recalled that Alhaji Lawal Kaita had said in October 2010 that “The North is determined, if that happens, to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan or any other Southerner who finds his way to the seat of power on the platform of the PDP against the principle of the party’s zoning policy”.

But responding to him, chief Clark said there were no second class citizens in Nigeria who would suppress their God given rights because of anyone.

“Nigeria belongs to all of us. There is no second-class citizen in this country and that is why I sometimes find it very difficult to believe that our northern brothers are still carrying on as if they are more Nigerian than other tribes.
“I think the best thing for anybody to do is to remain patient and honourable if after 40 years of being in the saddle in this country, power leaves you and goes to another section of the country. Does it not look worrisome that someone will one day wake up and threaten fire simply because power has shifted away from his region?

“Even though I do not want to talk about 2015 now because the time is still far, the North should know that only Nigerians have the power to stop anyone from becoming president. If Jonathan wants to run today, the North cannot stop him because apart from the fact that he has the right to run, the North should equally know that they are not born to rule over others in the country.

“Today, there is Boko Haram in the North and they blame it on the present government. It is wrong in my thinking because the reasons for the uprising of the sect did not start just yesterday. They have been there for over 40 years; and who was in power? The North. They should blame themselves for this because they did not develop the North for the unborn children of yesterday, who today are the restive youths in the region.

“Let it be known that there is a great difference between Boko Haram and the Niger Delta struggle, which some people call militancy. They are things no one should compare because the backgrounds for both are different,” Clark said

Culled from Naija Pundit, Sunday 1st April 2012

Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, First Republic Minister for information

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Comr. Lawson E Ajakpovi permalink
    April 1, 2012 20:05

    Its time the northerners understand that its God that makes and unmakes kings. So who ever he pleases will rule comes 2015, irrespective of the zone or ethnic.

  2. Godwin permalink
    April 1, 2012 21:41

    I think that Nigeria presently is too fragile to be played politics with. considering the circumstances that brought Jonathan to power, he should sacrifice what ever ambition he may have for 2015. nigeria is bigger than one man’s ambition.

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