Finally, Edwin Clark Capitulates By Garba Deen Muhammad

By Garba Deen Muhammad

Hell, few things can be more frustrating than having to sit through the worn-out antics of a chronic opportunist. Until last Wednesday, I thought Professor Jerry Gana had retired from his lifelong occupation of playing the spoiler for a price. He hasn't.

But cheer up, countryman, there are positive signs that while he struggles to plough on, Time is finally catching up with the man that has served under every government for the last 20 years plus. Under the present government, he is employed as a mobilizer of the votes of the minorities. Hang on guys; don't bring out the knife for me just yet! Actually it was Jerry Gana himself who made this confession with his own mouth. If you could just restrain your prejudice for a while, you will soon know how, where, and when he said it.

It was at an event organized by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies held in Abuja last Wednesday, 1/8/12. The event was tagged "State of the Federation Lecture". Jerry Gana was the chairman while the guest speaker was Chief Edwin Clark, the octogenarian 'adopted father' of President Goodluck Jonathan. Given the immense power of state governors, an event that did not command the presence of a single governor is not worth its salt. So even though the immensely powerful governors have all decided not to honour the invitation to attend this particular event (preferring, perhaps, to go to London to see the Queen and the Olympics), I decided to watch it on TV when I 'accidentally' came across its live broadcast on Channels television; after all, if some people can pay good money to sit through hours of classical music, I reckon it won't kill me to listen to grandpa Clark, or even Jerry Gana, for a few minutes.

It was just as well, because as it turned out, both Clark and Gana, who together constitute a robust percentage of the nucleus of the southern and northern minorities, as defined by them, made very profound, possibly unintended, revelations.

After the preliminaries by the Master of Ceremonies, it was Jerry Gana's turn to set the occasion in motion by delivering the chairman's opening remarks. I don't know why Gana rarely wore suites, even though he would look great in them. As usual he was dressed in his embroidered 'babbar riga', of sky-blue material with a well-sewn, handmade cap to match. From inside his colourful robes, there emerged a gnarled, tired neck struggling with a weary head, embossed with a wrinkled face. But his voice was as strong and his tone as patronizing as ever. He said his worn-out usual stuff, including (wickedly) wishing Chief Clark, who is 85 years old, to live long enough to see 105. Everybody but Clark laughed at that.

And then he got serious. Blah blah blah; then, "We the elite of this country have failed Nigeria and Nigerians. We are divided, we are greedy, and we are visionless"!

I know how to say it in Hausa, Latin and French, but what is the Gwari word for "Kanbura Uba"? Was it a great gig or what! (Apologies to Larry King)

Miraculously, melodiously, unprecedentedly, Jerry Gana went on. For the purpose of the 2011 presidential election, he said, "I was given the mandate to mobilize the middle belt minorities and I delivered". There you are! Now, he continued, our country is facing very difficult challenges. "The whole country is looking to the South South for leadership, for solution, for direction. I hope that Nigeria will not break up under the leadership of the South South"!!!

And then, looking like a cross between a defeated suitor and a rejected bride, with those ominous words Jerry Gana looked over at Clark and concluded:"I hope Chief Edwin Clark, the guest speaker, would give a speech that will give Nigerians hope".

Ho ho ho! They did say that when you are alive, you would see many things. Today we are hearing and seeing many things, including a stumped Jerry Gana!

Then it was Chief Clark's turn to speak, being the guest speaker. Clark took about one hour to summarize, as he said, his prepared speech, which had already been circulated to the audience. The long summary was rich in anecdotes, but short in almost everything else, especially balance, coherence and sincerity.
The summary of Clark's 'summary' is that he wants a united Nigeria in which the south south in particular, can have both it's wealth and the political balance and protection that the presence of the North offers; as a buffer against a possible domination, if not a run over, of the south south by the south east. In other words the south south wants everything for nothing. In the course of his summary he repeated the phrase that "Nigeria will never be allowed to break up" more than half a dozen times. Apparently Clark was struggling unsuccessfully to answer Gana’s question; instead he succeeded in exposing both the incompetence of the present regime and the vulnerability of the south south. If some people are trying to break up the country, whose responsibility is it to stop them? The incongruity is phenomenal, the south south has everything--the economic and political power-- and yet it still feels intimidated, continuously crying of marginalization and injustice.

Clark's confusion and insincerity was most apparent when he said corruption was at the roots of our present troubles. He reeled out many of the former governors that were indicted by former EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu's report just before he was removed from his position. Clark cited all the right names but left out the most significant of them all, and then concluded by saying that "Unless we tackle corruption, we are going nowhere".

Which means, in effect, that we are going nowhere, because under the present government, corruption has been unprecedented both in scale and in audacity. It is always refreshing to hear people make honest confessions, never mind that the confession was motivated by fear rather than the desire to come clean. 

Where were both Jerry Gana and Edwin Clark when well meaning Nigerians were screaming about the dangers of breaking agreements and compounding it with monumental electoral fraud? Whenever we make decisions there are always consequences. Sure we all want a united Nigeria, but not one ruled by a "divided, greedy, visionless" and criminal elite. Certainly not by cynical, unscrupulous manipulators of religion. Jerry Gana knows more about this last category of elite than anybody else.

Before concluding, Clark spoke about the need for a 'National Conference' as against 'Sovereign National Conference'. Mhmm. We can have both and still be nowhere. Clark knows that. Why not Jerry Gana, who is a part time preacher, spearheads a national prayer instead? So that all of us can come out and together we pray for whatever evil force is behind our crisis to perish. I guarantee that God would listen, because He listens to the honest prayer of His slaves when they call upon Him. That is why; actually, we have not disintegrated yet.

 deengarba@yahoo.com

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True Confession

Deri, for once I will agree you have said the truth in your life so far; " What has the SS gained even with the presidency of jonathan?" You know as well as I do that his presidency has not benefitted ANYONE, yet instead of condemning his lack-lustre presidency, you go about defending his every unproductive and counter productive moves. You go learn, but no be curse.

BILADIN SUDAN REPUBLIC.

The north is in contingency plannind to go its peaceull way,let ss,se and sw go ahead.we in the north will laugh last.

RE: Garba's piece on Edwin Clark

Mr. Garba's piece is devoid of coherence and logical sequence. I wonder what he aimed to pass across by writing such piece. Honestly, i couldn't deduce any cogent line of reasoning from his write-up. The subject matter he took up is really worth reading if only he could be a little more methodical and less sentimental in presenting his views.

When I read from buffoons

When I read from buffoons like you from hausa/fulani stock, I come to understand why this country is headed to the rocks, irredeemably. So Ibos quest for an opportunity to lead this contraption called Nigeria, by your sick brain is to pay the south south bacl for their roles in the civil war? In other words. The ss should not support the SE if and when they wish to contest for the presidency? This has been how you sow the seed of discord each time the two zones wish to come together for whatever reason? But it is ok to have meetings of northern govs, but not east and ss govs? Do you see how silly your arabic brain is? Since 1967 the Ibos left your Nigeria for you what has become of it? Your greed for power is demonic.

WAIT AND SEE WHO WILL THRIVE!

"... Contrary to your aspersions, the South south does not need the north...the north needs the south south. without the SS the north will be relegated to obscurity...like chad and Niger. The south south will continue to thrive...regardless! "

TCHAD MAY BE POOR FOR NOW, REMEMBER GHANAINS COME TO NIGERIA TO WORK AS SLAVES NOW NIGERIANS FLOCK TO GHANA FOR JOBS. BEFORE YOU GO FURTHER IN CASTIGATING NIGERIAN NEIGHBOURS WATCH YOUR MOUTH. RIGHT NOW DIESEL AND PETYROL IS CHEAPER IN NORTHERN NIGERIA THAN IN THE SOUTH COURTESY OF NIGER REPUBLIC. 60% OF THEIR REFINED OIL IS SOLD ABROAD, IN NIGERIA. THEY ARE PLANNING BIGGER REFINERIES AND MEGA POWER STATIONS SINCE THERE IS MARKET IN NIGERIA! ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT LAY BURIED UNDER THE NORTHERN DESERTS!

2015 IS THE ANSWER!

Northerners will get ready for 2015 elections. Those 5 million voters in Kano state alone will pass night at the polling stations and get their result instantly. Those who were used by monetary inducement in 2011 elections are dared to repeat it. The whole of the north will not wait for any person or group of persons for guidance,this time the north will solve the problems by itself. We have learnt from the hypocratic patterns of others.

SS with inferiority complex

Such a great article. I am so happy you 'accidently' stumbled upon this conference to further enlighten us about the intrigues of the people of the south south. Obviously, even the so-called middle belt is frustrated!

The SR crumb catchers have for a long time been trying to sell us the idea that we all want to break up! The north included. This must be a real slap on their faces!

Already the cracks are beginning to show among the various separatist groups. The igbos want to include the south south in its biafra. The SS wishes for no such thing. Even in the SS various groups are also calling for their own separate states! Ogoni is a good example! They have declared their secession and nothing has happened. Let the others interested follow suit and stop asking the north for permission to go!

Garba, Learn From Hannatu

I thought I was going to get something from your article, but boy was I dissappointed. Please Mr. Mohammed, go and get a writing lesson from Ms. Hannatu before you embark on another writing expedition. At least Ms. Hannatu's writeups starts and ends in a logical conclusion that is easily discernible.

@ Deri, Please I need your DNA check on this one

"I am sick and tired of of this rubbbish about the SS, being scared of the Igbos. Did the Ogonis even spare a thought towards that direction b4 they decided to secede"
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Can somebody please check the DNA of Deri for me. Fear what?, when Isaac Borrow won an election and became the president of UNN. Fear what? when thesameIsaac Borrow challenged Irosi all that Ironsi did was to put him into prison so that he could live to fight another day; for that reason he did not kill him but others did. And, that is a big difference. Fear not Deri, fear not. like you said... it is to sow the seed of discord.

@ Deri, Please I need your DNA check on this one

"I am sick and tired of of this rubbbish about the SS, being scared of the Igbos. Did the Ogonis even spare a thought towards that direction b4 they decided to secede"
__________

Can somebody please check the DNA of Deri for me. Fear what?, when Isaac Borrow won an election and became the president of UNN. Fear what? when thesameIsaac Borrow challenged Irosi all that Ironsi did was to put him into prison so that he could live to fight another day; for that reason he did not kill him but others did. And, that is a big difference. Fear not Deri, fear not. like you said... it is to sow the seed of discord.

I LIKE BALANCED N INSIGHTFUL WRITEUP BUT THIS LACKS IT

I was thinking this article will be an eye opener for me. I was hoping to read and digest a balance and insightful piece. The lopsideness of it is glaring. You laced up the article with sentiments. It is no News to Nigerians that Uncle Clark and Gana are corrupt, crooks and confused.

OmonBendel

the north as glue

how much blood do we have to pay for this glue job of yours?...

Mr.Man with all due respect

Mr.Man with all due respect you are talking rubbish! The North is not doing the south south any favours. Contrary to your aspersions, the South south does not need the north...the north needs the south south. without the SS the north will be relegated to obscurity...like chad and Niger. The south south will continue to thrive...regardless! and you, I & the international community knows why the SS will continue to thrive! You are not fooling anybody with your biased write up.

why was Azazi sacked- for fulani dasuki

THE fragile political situation in the country may be further eroded by a northern cabal which is clandestinely plotting the removal of President Goodluck Jonathan from office.
This cabal which consists of prominent and influential politicians, military officers and businessmen have sworn to achieve their objective at all cost between now and next year. Sources disclosed that the cabal has recruited some influential members of the House of Representatives to push their political desires to a boiling point.
“They have also made far-reaching incursion in the senate as some disgruntled senators have been successfully lured to the side of the cabal.”

Clark is not Goodluck's god father.

Clark is a corupt/confused old man rendering confusionary and corupt cancel and idealogies 2mr.president.Sen.Dr.Joseph Wayas is hs god father,GEJ knows dat very well,there is no military or civilian president that never consulted Dr.Wayas,let GEJ look at d records n d villa.Gold paschal.

gana and clark

who are this two men talking about corrupt governor's when they are the brain behinde the corruption of the nation, pls they should stop calling god on this issue and go back home and correct and put there self in order and talk tn their appointed politician on sits because they are the cause of the problem in nigeria

Unity based on sweet oil from the SS wont last-let my people go

The same old BABIALA article penned to sow the seed of discord around us than anything else. Have asserted many times here that, the only thing which would bring the evil activities of Boko haram to an end in d North, is the call by 150m 9jas 4 us to go our separate ways. Anything short of that appeal, means corruption and the killing by Boko haram would continue unabated. And the only fear the thieving fuel subsidy scammers have, is to be forced to trouble their rotten souls over the break up of 9ja. Was the yeye writer of this article hoping to have Clarke tell his audience that the SS will break away from 9ja? Is the writer saying that the North Central was scared of the Fulanis hence the move by them to break away from 9ja b4 Independece? I am sick and tired of of this rubbbish about the SS, being scared of the Igbos. Did the Ogonis even spare a thought towards that direction b4 they decided to secede? What has the SS gained even with the presidency of jonathan?

ARNE WAYO GARESHI, BASHI DA HANKALI!

PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH-SOUTH WHO ARE VISIONLESS AND MYOPIC ARE CRYING FOR AUTONOMY. I HAVE SAID IT HERE THAT THE NORTH IS THE GLUE THAT HOLDS NIGERIA TOGETHER, YET THE NORTH BENEFITS LESS FROM THE NIGERIAN CONTRAPTION. CLARK HAS IDENTIFIED THE MOST IMPORTANT BENEFICIARIES AS THE SOUTH-SOUTH. THE SOUTH-EAST IS WAITING AND SALIVATING TO PAY THE SOUTH-SOUTH IN THEIR OWN COINS FOR TRANSGRESSIONS OF THE CIVIL WAR. WHEN I SAID THIS SOME INSULT ME. BUT ISAAC BORO KNOWS THIS, AND NOW CLARK HAS ADMITTED AS MUCH. A UNITED NIGERIA UNDER A VISIONARY LEADERSHIP IS TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL WITHOUT EXCLUSION.

COME 2015 THE CLASSIC HAUSA SAYING THAT "ARNE WAYO GARESHI, BASHI DA HANKALI" WILL PLAY OUT AS SEEN FROM THE WAY THE GOVERNORS BOYCOTT THIS USELESS GATHERING.

Free yourself from Hate for four years

Bokoharamic Gaba deen cloth
Emancipate yourself from hate. Wait for your turn after the Ibos. By then BH would have divided nigeria. Agreement to steal 12.4 billion dollars again. Free your mind from hate and demonic thoughts of using NAFCON fertilisers to blow up innocent people.