By Sunday Apah,
The Leader of Burutu Local Government Area Legislative Arm, Rt. Hon. Joseph Asiaye Alubeze has described the National Leader of the Ijaw nation, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark as a true leader and an enigma as he clocks 92 years of age.
Alubeze in a congratulatory message described Clark as a father, visionary leader whom God through him has blessed many including himself.
“He is the pillar of Nigerian modern democracy and pillar of the Niger Delta. He is a tenacious man, his upbeat spirit has helped him to carve a niche for himself in the society. His policy is to liberate the people from oppression.
Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark has become a household name because of his passion for the grassroots. He is a man with dignity and vision. He is a leader, he is a divine leader. He is a kingmaker, a courageous, and fearless leader, a patriot and a motivator, a builder of men and women, a strategic thinker, a trailblazer.
“I don’t need to dwell much on what he has done because people are aware of these. He is a humanist, those of us that are close to him know that he never wants to see anybody suffer or leave anybody behind,” he said.
The lawmaker maintained that Clark is a crusader of change and emancipation of the less privilege, which he said was what brought about the little recognition of the Niger Delta by the Federal Government.
According to the lawmaker, Clark has always been a crusader of progress, good governance and development, adding that as a lover of the grassroots, he believes that it is good governance that can bring development to the people.
He said: “He is a great apostle of power and uses power to benefit mankind, Nigerians, South South and the people of Delta state. He doesn’t use power for self aggrandizement, he doesn’t acquire power for the sake of power, he acquires power for the progress of our society.
“I want to wish him a happy birthday and we hope to benefit from his fountain of knowledge for long by the grace of God. We draw inspiration from him; we wish him prosperity; we know he has prospered, but he will not go down by the grace of God”, he added.