Izon Okosu-Oku, the Delta state forum of Ijaw council of elders, say they can’t trust Chief Edwin Clark with issue about the region. And he should not represent Niger Delta militants in dialoguing with the Federal government.
The group says Chief Clark did nothing to influence former President Jonathan on developing the region. “He cannot suddenly wake up less than 18 months into the new regime to convince President Buhari to start immediate development of the region”.
A statement signed by the forum’s chairman, Chief Bare Etolor reads,
“Those elders in the region who are struggling to represent the militants for negotiation with the Federal Government are laughable”.
The council also advised that the government withdraws its troops from the region. And also that the militants should appoint representatives with no political interest.