Open Letter: I Don’t Hate Niger Delta, Obasanjo Replies Clark

Open letter: I Don’t Hate Niger Delta, Obasanjo Replies Clark
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied claims that he hated people of Niger Delta origin.

He made this known in an open letter to respond to accusations by the Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ijaw National Congress, Chief Edwin Clark.

Clark had on Wednesday slammed Obasanjo over what he called a disappointing display of hatred against the people of the oil-producing states in Nigeria.

The elder statesman reacted to a recent outburst by the former President in Abuja, where he attacked the National Secretary of the INC, Ebipamowei Wodu, at a peace and security parley convened by the Global Peace Foundation and Vision Africa.

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Replying Obasanjo explained that as the president, he followed the constitutional positions on appointment and resource control.

Obasanjo in a letter dated December 28, 2021, titled, My response to the open letter by Clark’, wrote, “I have never shown any anger, distraught with Niger Delta region nor any part of Nigeria. Some of the languages you have deployed to describe me in your letter are offensive, uncouth and I totally and completely rejected them, I am not inconsistent, hypocritical, unstatesman, and nor am I anybody’s lackey.

“You use your own yardstick to judge others. I hope you think and adjust. Negotiation achieves better results than dictation. Revolution for sea-change may rarely happen and then we may continue to languish in frustration and regret with dire judgment in posterity.”


  1. I do not think that exchanging of words in that manner between the two elder state men Will lead this country or Niger Delta to any where. The truth remains that the two elder state men have no progressive plan for the country or Niger Delta. The last time I check OBJ was in Aso Rock and after some little time Edward k. Clark also was supporting GEJ. So what progressive effort did they make then and now (as former president & elder state man. Accusations and canter accusations is not the way to progress. What Nigeria’s need is a progressive idea or things that will help us to fight crime, buld refineries as it was before, then advice or solutions that will help this country in one way or the other. Pls pls pls