Appointments Heavily Skewed in Favour of the North, Causing Nigeria’s Division – Clark

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Appointments Heavily Skewed in Favour of the North, Causing Nigeria’s Division

, an elder statesman and National Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, has stated that the current division in Nigeria is the result of a section of the country attempting to enslave people from other parts of the country.

Inequality, according to the nonagenarian, is the source of agitations and widespread public dissatisfaction.

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“Restructuring: Imperatives for Sustainable Development, Unity, and Security,” Clark stated in his address to the South-South Zonal Conference on Friday.

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In a speech delivered by Chief Obiuwevbi Ominimini, the National Chairman of the Oil Producing Areas Association of Nigeria, Clark claimed that the lack of unity had resulted in distrust and that no nation could exist with such a level of distrust.

The country is crumbling, according to the Ijaw leader, “due to deliberate attempts by individuals who believe the country belongs to them alone to subjugate people from other zones of the country.”

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“Take a look at the country’s ‘Northernisation’ policy,” he remarked. Appointments are heavily skewed in favour of the north, with no consideration for the feelings of the rest of the country. Northerners are granted key positions in ministries, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Customs, and the police force, to name a few.

“There are 17 security arms; 14 of them are headed by northerners. Yet one expects that there shall be national unity. Of course, it will not be possible. There must be dissatisfaction and agitation.

“For instance, look at what is happening in the South-East today. Our critical national assets are being attacked almost every day. People aa re killed and maimed. While one is gravely against such a method of expressing a grievance, the people are pushed to the wall.

“The South-East geopolitical zone can rightly be described as the most disadvantaged. One could not understand why the Indigenous People of Biafra would be declared as a terrorist organisation while similar organisations in the North have not been so declared.”

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Stressing that injustice, unfortunately,f Nigeria’s disunity even though in this country today is a scarce commodity even though unity is one of the four cardinal points contained in our country’s motto, which is ‘Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress.’

“Our nation has never been so disunited as we are today. There is so much distrust. We suspect one another’s next move. No nation can survive with such a level of distrust. And the major cause of disunity in the country today is inequality.

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“You do not expect me to live in unity with someone who is oppressing me and treating me as though I am a second-class citizen in my own country. This is unacceptable.”

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