September 6, 2017 – Kanu’s Talk About Biafra Is Nonsense, We Do Not Want A 2nd War – Edwin Clark
Elder statesman Edwin Clark on Tuesday condemned the Biafra agitation led by Nnamdi Kanu.
Chief Clark spoke said this yesterday when the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, visited him in Abuja.
He also condemned the quit notice by the Arewa Group to the Igbo living in the North, saying it was worrisome.
He warned that secession or agitation was not the way to go on restructuring the country, according to NAN.
“When Kanu talks about Biafra, he is talking nonsense. We do not want a second war.
“America fought their civil war for a long time and they are not thinking of a second one. Kanu should drop the agitation.
“At the same time, it is arrogant and foolish on the part of some Northern youths to issue quit notice. You do not own the North. It is part of Nigeria and anybody can live there.
“The Igbo have been living in the North for over 100 years.”
The elder statesman emphasised the need for restructuring for equity and balance in the country.
He explained that though the call for restructuring had been loud in recent times, the country had been undergoing restructuring.
“We have been living together since 1914 and from time to time, we have been changing the way of our lives.
“In 1947, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe said the Richard Constitution was obnoxious; that it was anti-people. In 1950, we had the Macpherson Constitution, which created the three regions and in 1963, we had another constitution.
“During all these constitutions, the issue of the fiscal federation was very prominent. So, we have been restructuring this country and nobody talked about breaking up the country.
“The war between 1967 and 1970 was an unfortunate one.”
Clark said making necessary changes to allow for social justice was the way to go and urged the National Assembly to re-visit the issue of devolution of power upon resumption from recess, saying it was one of the ways to properly restructure the country.
According to him, the vote against devolution of power by the national assembly was borne out of the fear that it would whittle down the powers of legislators.
“We have reached a stage where states are not paying salaries and something has to be done to gear their minds to see what they can do in their own area to generate money.
“I am happy you believe in restructuring, which can be achieved within a short time but it may take up to 20 years if we do not agree among ourselves.
“So, once more I want to say that when you resume, the issue of devolution of power should be re-visited so that Federal Government will deal with foreign affairs, prisons, customs and a few other things.
On call to return to regionalism, Clark said “you cannot abolish the states now and say you want six regions. It is not going to be easy or possible now.
“I feel we should use the same states as federating units and the local governments should remain with the states.”
He called for the establishment of Revenue Mobilisation Commission to deal with funds that move between states and local governments to sustain them.
Clerk promised to convene a meeting of elder statesmen across the country to find a lasting solution to the problem of restructuring.