MAY 24 – Leader of the Ijaw ethnic group in Nigeria Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark marks his 90th birthday in Abuja with pomp and fanfare.
A discourse on the issue of restructuring Nigeria based on true federalism will feature as part of activities marking the birthday of Clark, who was information minister in the early 1970s. He has been a strong advocate for restructuring to enable regions in the country to take control of their resources for faster and better development.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to honour Chief Clark with his presence. Also to attend the event lined up in honour of the elder statesman are former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and other former heads of state. Politicians, business icons and academics are also expected.
The chairman, planning committee for the birthday celebration, former minister of police affairs Alaowei Broderick Bozimo said there would be a symposium with the theme “Restructuring, True Federalism and Resource Control: Panacea for Enduring and Sustainable Development in Nigeria”.
Former governor of Akwa Ibom State Arc. Victor Attah will be the keynote speaker, while former minister of foreign affairs Gen. Ike Nwachukwu would chair the session panel comprising former chief executive of Nigeria Economic Summit Group Prof Anyo O. Anya, Northern Elders Forum chieftain Prof Ango Abdullahi, president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo Dr John Nnia Nwodo, former Nigerian ambassador to Brazil Patrick Dele-Cole, and human rights activist Yinka Odumakin.