Obasanjo Had Only N20,000 In His Bank Account In 1999..Edwin Clarke

South South chiefs, elders and leaders who met in Abuja on Sunday have warned that, “It is mandatory, and not negotiable, for President Goodluck Jonathan to get a second term in office come 2015”.
The meeting also challenged the leaders and elders in the North to stop blaming Jonathan for the festering Boko Haram attacks, but that they themselves (Northern leaders) should find a means of bringing the Boko Haram members to their senses just the way South South leaders curbed the excesses of the Niger Delta militants.
 The event was the 2014 induction/inauguration of the board of Trustees (BoT) of the South-South elders, chiefs and leaders.
 Speaking at the event, Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, insisted that the rule of natural justice demands that the North supports the second term ambition of Jonathan as the South South had in the past shown loyalty to the North by giving total support to former President Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic.
 He noted that the North should not blame anyone for the inability of Shagari to complete his terms, as his second term in office was truncated by a Northerner, Muhammadu Buhari, through a military coup.
 Expressing the desire to ensuring that the agenda to re-install Jonathan in 2015 becomes a reality, the South-South leaders, elders and chiefs mandated its BoT headed by former Inspector General (IG) of Police, Mike Okiro, to drive the process of mobilising support for the President in synergy with the executive committee of the South-community.
 Clark, who is the grand patron of South-South group, said in Nigeria no community is superior to the other, adding that Abuja, which was developed by the South-South money, does not belong to anybody.
 He also took former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the cleaners, saying the former President, described as one of the richest men in Nigeria today, only had N20,000 in his account when he was released from Yola Prisons to contest the 1999 general elections, but that “he’s pretending to be innocent today”.
“I think one of the problems facing us in this country is the issue of settler and indigene. In this country nobody is superior to the other.
“Abuja does not belong to anybody, it belongs to all of us. The money used to develop Abuja came from South-South. Because we are Nigerians, we accepted.
“Nobody owns it more than the other. Anybody is entitled to contest for any election in Abuja. Nobody owns this place.
“The problem with the militants started in 1998. Somebody invited the South-South youths to Abuja and they saw bridges built on land whereas in their waters there are no bridges. They went back and started the militancy.
“Don’t exclude us from the scheme of things, Nigeria belongs to all of us, don’t practice double standard.
“In 1983 we voted en mass for Shagari and he stayed for eight years, it was Buhari who removed him.
“In 1999, they said because of what they did to (Moshood) Abiola, they said they should compensate the South West and Obasanjo was brought out from Yola Prisons and he was only having N20,000 in his account and today he is one of the richest men in Nigeria. And today he is claiming to be innocent.
“We cannot continue to feed this country and we are not ruling the country. When Obasanjo wanted Yar’Adua to become the President he blackmailed everybody.
“Many of the Northerners came to me to say that Jonathan should step down and allow the North to finish their four year-term and I told them you are not well.
“People thought that we from South-South are second class citizens and we say no. When we reply critics, they say we are enemies of Jonathan,” Clark said.
 On the issue of security, former Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Felix Oguado, called on the Northern elders to copy from South-South elders, how they were able to convince the militants in the Niger Delta to drop their arms.
“If the elders in the Niger Delta can go to the creek and speak to the militants and they drop their arms, why can’t the elders of the North do same?
“We should stop blaming the government and do something. It is not the best to apportion blame on the government each time something happened. People talk of sharing the cake, but they never talk of how the cake is baked.
“Our foremost challenge now is Boko Haram. Nigeria is a difficult country to govern. No matter who rules there will always be criticism.
“Like the President said, you cannot dialogue with faceless people. The militants were brought to Abuja and they met with President Yar’Adua,” Oguado said.
 Coordinator of the group and Chairman Planning Committee, Bello Premier, called for the integration of South-South community in Abuja into the mainstream of social political dynamics of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to accord it appropriate recognition as is the case of other regional group.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. It is nt ur foult & we only blame our heartless leaders and elders who kill our agriculture and make us beggers. Bt 2015 is coming, we shall see!

  2. They killed it because of our oil.

  3. Chf. Clark is spreading ignorance. Was he d account officer to Obasanjo. As at that time? Obasanjo had many graduates among his children b4 1999. He had properties running to billions. He was not a poor man by Nigeria standard as at 1999. It was Chief Clark that was not known b4 now for either riches or power.

    1. Abiodun shut up,Baba iyabo said it by himself he was completely broke,he sold almost all his properties cos Abacha dealt with him n late senior Yardua.so he knows wot he is saying,Clarke is a rich man 4rm day one his family owns series of oil block but during d Abacha time he ran to USA

    2. Avoiding I have problem with Yorubas , they will allways want to defend a fellow Yorubas irrespective of the odds . If anachronistic was Yoruba I swear Soyinka wouldn't have raised alarm. You guys should learn to be more of Nigerian than Yoruba. As a matter of fact obasanjo is the only Yoruba man I respect because he is a true Nigerian . That is why you people did not support him during his tenure.

    3. Keep living in ignorance. Obasanjo sold his properties to your family right? As at 1999, Obasanjo`s salary as a retired army general would not have been #20,000t totalkof his salary as former head of state. People like u reason through ur anus and swallow any rubbish from people like Chief Clark. That is d point.

  4. Someone mentioning Yorubas doesn't not history but let's leave dat 4 now,all those nonsense those elders are talking is not 4 us,is it bcause Jonathan is 4rm South south and south south supply most of Nigerian oil means Nigerians should be suffering 4 so long and we should keep mute,it is not done bcause d man is far 4rm been competent,hence we need a competent Nigeria but if u people think ur oil makes Nigeria then everybody should go their way if not u can't impose Jonathan on us we will never accept that and we will settle d scores come 2015 wit numbers and we resist any manner of rigging

  5. Am from south south , Clark was as broke as a church rat befor Ibori became our governor. He gave Clark a lots of unimplemented project running into millions of naira. He did not probe him because as at then , Clark was an opposition . Clark is an un repented criminal . He is currently supporting Jonathan because of the fat cheque he is receiving and the numerous contracts from Jonathan . Am certain he will rot in jail after 2015 .

    1. Thank u Ofuchi, d issue is d fact dat GEJ is d president and from south south is not impacting positively on his region in terms of infrastructure. The money he is sharing for d likes of Chief Clark is more than enough to turn south south around. Yet majority of our people can not see d tribal and religion sentiment he and his friends are playing. Hausa people used oil money to develop Abuja, where is GEJ using oil money to develop? Pockets of his friends and sycophants.

  6. @ Raphael, if u re compentent what stop's u from contesting the next 2015 presidential election? Or who's the compentent Nigerian that u know? Why did u say that it was Jonathan that invented surffering into this country? And what made u feel that ur greedy past leaders that own self allocated oil block in the Niger Delta region will want Nigeria 2 split? The truth is that Nigerian youth re 2 timid that's if we have any and that's why Jonathan will remain the Nigeria President till 2019 if he decides 2, that's if we vote for him (GEJ) or not and there's nothing anyone can do about it except its only death that can stop's him. The worst we can do is 2 insult ourselves in this forum.

  7. The truth is that there are about 80 million voters In Nigeria. When people like ofuchi and Raphael dedicate their useful time to castigate d president . We d masses are waitin anxiously for election . Goodluck till 2019

  8. Some of u that are supporting GEJ for 2015 seems to hv benefited from his administration, and if u people hv benefited, did u guys ever try to ask the neighbor next to U, or properly some of ur friends if they hv benefited from dis administration, as a youth and a student of this great Nation hv never benefited anytin, talk more of all my colleague and Ordinary man on the street, I ought hv graduated since last year Sept, but due to the Govt who doesn't care about Education, am stil @ home waiting for ASUP to call off the strike. if the strike did not affect some of U, what about the fuel scarcity, I had to streak many miles today in finding the means of daily bread, what kind of life is this, and some1 say Youth should support him in 2015, half of the youth of this country are student, and am sure most of us has been negatively affected by this administration, pls & pls let's think twice, WE NEED A CHANGE.

    1. You want him to be distributing back of rice to every family. Ma guy wake up . dangote's companies has made more money than they have ever made since inception during GEJ.

  9. Obj said same,so Clarke maybe right but how much was Clarke also worth before Goodluck Jonathan took over because we all know those benefiting from this South South imposed leadership

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