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Honoring a Legend: INDG Celebrates Chief Edwin Clark’s 97th Birthday

Today, the Ijaw Nation Development Group (INDG) joyously celebrates a monumental milestone: the 97th birthday of Chief Edwin Clark, affectionately known as the great grand Pa and father of the Ijaws. This is not just another birthday; it’s a celebration of a true Nigerian hero whose life and legacy have indelibly shaped the Niger Delta region and the entire nation.

Chief Edwin Clark, the revered elder statesman, leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), embodies the spirit of resilience and dedication. His unwavering commitment to justice, peace, and unity has earned him the respect and admiration of Nigerians across generations.

A Message of Felicitation

In a heartfelt goodwill message, President of INDG, Prof. Prosper Ayawei, expressed the collective joy and pride of the Ijaw nation:

“I felicitate with you, your family, and the entire Ijaw nation on the occasion of your 97th birthday. You are a great patriot, an exemplary leader who has contributed so much to Nigeria’s unity and political stability, especially in the Niger Delta. As an elder statesman, you are an ambassador of peace, truth, and justice. Even at old age, you have continued to be an inspiration to Nigerians of different generations. As you celebrate, I wish more years of God’s guidance, peace, and sound health. On behalf of INDG, I wish you a happy birthday.”

A Life of Impeccable Integrity and Commitment

Chief Edwin Clark’s life reads like an epic saga of dedication, bravery, and service. Known for his impeccable integrity, he has been a tireless advocate for the rights of the oppressed and marginalized, especially in the Niger Delta. His fearless stance against bad governance and unjust policies has made him a beacon of hope and a voice for the voiceless.

As a young man, Chief Clark served as Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Information during the first republic, underlining his role in the country’s formative years. His influence on the political landscape is profound, and his wisdom continues to guide national discourse. Even at 97, Chief Clark’s insights are sharp, his articulation impeccable, and his understanding of Nigeria’s complex societal issues unparalleled.

Major Milestones and Achievements

Chief Edwin Clark’s contributions to Nigeria are vast and varied. He worked alongside key figures such as military governor Samuel Ogbemudia and head of state General Yakubu Gowon. His appointment as the Federal Minister of Information in 1975 was a pivotal moment in promoting regional cooperation through ECOWAS.

Beyond politics, Chief Clark’s philanthropic efforts are noteworthy. The Edwin Clark Foundation and the establishment of Edwin Clark University in his hometown stand as testaments to his commitment to education and community development.

An Inspiration to All

Chief Edwin Clark’s life is a lesson in leadership, dedication, and the pursuit of justice. His steadfast advocacy for resource control in the Niger Delta and his relentless pursuit of a better Nigeria have left an indelible mark on the nation’s history.

As we celebrate Chief Edwin Clark’s 97th birthday, we reflect on his incredible journey and the profound impact he has made. His legacy is not just one of past achievements but of ongoing inspiration. Here’s to many more years of health, peace, and guidance from a true Nigerian titan.

Happy 97th birthday, Chief Edwin Clark! May your days continue to be filled with the joy and satisfaction of a life well-lived and the respect of a grateful nation.

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