Foremost Niger Delta leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has described the country as a “failed state”.
Chief Clark bemoaned that the 1999 constitution is nothing but a sham.
The former commissioner made this revelation while speaking at the National Restructure Actualisation Summit, RAS in Abuja.
Chief Clark also insisted that the people of Niger Delta have been the most victimized group in Nigeria
He stressed Niger Delta and its people are the major “bread winners” in the financial structure of the country.
According to him: “Nobody can dispute that fact. But we do not control our resources. What we people of Niger Delta want is pure restructuring through federalism.
A situation was we can control our resources and pay tax to the center other regions have enjoyed this before. So we have suffered the most in Nigeria, we are not saying we should have everything that belongs to us, but we the people of Niger Delta believe in restructuring through federalism.”
Chief Edwin Clark will be one of the many leaders in the region who have decried the alleged negligence of the people of the Niger Delta by the powers at the center and several other multi-nationals operating in the region.