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Clark Writes IGP, Warns of Looming Danger, Anarchy In Rivers

He urged the IGP to restrain the members of the State House of Assembly from acting as lawmakers.

By Johnson Atoukudu

The former Federal Commissioner for Information and prominent figure in the South South, Chief Edwin Clark, has penned a letter to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, urgently calling for intervention in the crisis unfolding in Rivers State.

Clark emphasizes the necessity of addressing the situation promptly to avert anarchy and looming peril. He attributes the roots of the crisis to the impeachment threat against Governor Siminalayi Fubara by the Speaker Martins Amaewhule-led State Assembly, purportedly aligned with Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

Clark, sounding the alarm about the escalating political turmoil in Rivers State, underscores the pressing need for the IGP’s intervention to prevent the crisis from escalating further and potentially destabilizing the nation.

Speaking to journalists at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja, on Tuesday, the Ijaw leader, through an open letter addressed to the Inspector General of Police and distributed to the media, urged swift intervention in the political turmoil unfolding in Rivers State. He highlighted the escalating tensions between Governor Siminalayi Fubara, his predecessor and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Nyesom Wike, and the State House of Assembly. Stressing the urgent need to address the situation before it worsens, he warned of dire consequences if left unchecked.

The leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) emphasized the necessity for the IGP to investigate the threats against Governor Siminalayi Fubara by the Speaker Martins Amaewhule-led State Assembly, allegedly aligned with Nyesom Wike, to prevent the state from descending into chaos. Referring to constitutional provisions, he pointed out that the lawmakers’ defection to the All Progressives Congress rendered them no longer members of the Rivers State Assembly.

He urged the IGP to restrain the members of the State House of Assembly from acting as lawmakers and making incendiary statements that could escalate tensions and lead to violence. Clark, a former senator of the 2nd Republic, expressed grave concerns about the situation, warning that it poses a significant threat to the nation’s peace, stability, and unity. He cautioned against the recent announcement by the Speaker and 26 former members of the Assembly, fearing it could spark widespread disorder in Rivers State and beyond, affecting the entire Niger Delta region and Nigeria as a whole.

Clark urged the Inspector General to take immediate steps to prevent further escalation, stressing the paramount importance of upholding the nation’s constitution. He pointed out that, in accordance with Section 109 (1g) 2 of the constitution, the 27 former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have automatically vacated their seats and should not be permitted to continue acting as legislators.

Expressing dismay at the former members’ unlawful activities under the protection of uniformed policemen, which he deemed as a grave threat to the rule of law, Clark appealed to the Inspector General to use his authority to advise President Bola Tinubu and other members of the National Security Council to resolve the crisis and shield Nigeria from international embarrassment.

The elder statesman emphasized the imperative of upholding the constitution, declaring it as the supreme law of the land that must be honored by all authorities and individuals across Nigeria.

Clark’s letter read, “I have decided to address this letter to you as a senior citizen and Elder Statesman and I have served my country for over 70 years and I will be 97 on the 25th of May.

“It is therefore my duty to pray to the almighty God at all times for the peace and stability of our great country. We owe it as an obligation to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Government which will be one year on the 29th of May.

“We must therefore condemn and prevent any action by any individual or group of individuals that would threaten the peace, stability and unity of this country.

“We have no other country to go to if there is any uncontrollable crisis in the country and this is the main reason why I have been involved in the looming crisis in Rivers State between the former Governor Nyesom Wike who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the current Governor, His Excellency, Siminalayi Fubara which is spreading like wildfire and every attempt by Mr President to resolve it amicably has not succeeded.”

Clark warned, “The recent unprovoked announcement by the Speaker and 26 former Members of the Rivers State House of Assembly might cause a breakdown of law and order in Rivers State and the consequences of such crisis will not only affect Rivers State politically, socially and economically but will also affect the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.

“We have enough of such crisis of all dimensions in nearly all parts of this country already and we therefore prevent anymore of such crisis.

“I had earlier advised and appealed to our President, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call his Minister Nyesom Wike to order to avoid this looming crisis and that the interest of the entire country should supersede the interest of an individual or a small group of people otherwise the consequences will be disastrous.

“It is in this spirit I am addressing this letter to you as the Inspector General of Police who is in charge of the peace and stability of this country. You are therefore fully aware of the dangerous precarious situation we are facing today in this country whereby the people are no longer safe to move around, to go to their farms to feed themselves; I seriously warn that if the sanctity of the country’s constitution is not obeyed by its citizens, the consequences that will follow will be anarchy.

“The 27 former Members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have automatically forfeited their seats in accordance with section 109 (1g) 2 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, which states; “g, being a person whose election to the House of Assembly was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another part before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;

“… 2, The Speaker of the House of Assembly shall give effect to subsection (1) of this section, so however that the Speaker or a member shall first present evidence satisfactory to the House that any of the provisions of that subsection has become applicable in respect of the member.

“Above all, section 1 of our Supreme Law i.e the Constitution states, “sub1, This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

“You also have a duty to protect the constitution of Nigeria without which there will be no Nigeria.

“Mr Inspector General of Police, it is even more disturbing that these former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly are carrying out their illegal activities under the cover of policemen in uniform on whom rest a primary duty to enforce the law. This must be very disturbing to you as it is to all responsible Nigerians.

“Finally, I sincerely appeal to you to use your office as head of the Law enforcement arm of the country to advise Mr President and other members of the National Security Council of which you are the center, to bring this show of shame to an end and spare Nigeria from being a laughing stock to the entire world.

“This is more so as Mr President and all of you swore to protect and defend the constitution of Nigeria, which now appears to be overlooked despite the glaring infringement being openly carried out in favor of one individual and his followers.”

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