Clarke Makes U-Turn On Babangida, Says He Shares His Vision of A Nigeria
Ijaw National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday put aside the rancour between him and the former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, as he eulogised him on the occasion of his 71 years birthday.
Clark, on several occasions, attacked Babangida who was also a former Peoples’ Democratic Party [PDP] Presidential Aspirant during the 2011 general elections verbally on the state of the nation, particularly the security challenges posed by the activities of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in the northern part of the country.
In a statement issued by the Ijaw leader in Abuja, said the ex-military ruler contributed immensely to national development.
Clark said the history of the country would not be complete without the contributions of Babangida to national growth and development.
He added that Babangida remained a recurring decimal in public life. It would be recalled that Clark, at a recent public lecture in Abuja, accused Babangida of being privy to the dastardly operations of the Islamic sect.
The veteran politician insisted that the activities of the sect enjoyed tacit support and encouragement of Babangida and other political leaders of the North.
He challenged Babangida to openly denounce the group and asked him to assist the government to checkmate and put an end to the nefarious activities of the sect. But Babangida fired back, declaring that Clark was mischievous.
But, the former military president has denied knowledge and association with the group.
Despite his political differences with Babangida, Clark said the ex-military leader remained his friend, adding that their relationship spanned decades.
Clark said he shared the same vision with Babangida of a Nigeria, where all Nigerians could attain the highest political office in the country irrespective of religion, ethnicity and other cultural differences.
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