Jonathan congratulates Clark at 90, describes him as national icon

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By Joseph INOKOTONG
Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark on the occasion of his 90th birthday, describing the nonagenarian as a national icon and foremost Niger Delta leader who has worked hard to bring lasting peace to the region.
The ex-President who made this known in a message of felicitation also praised Chief Clark as a dependable voice for equity, justice and good governance who has remained relevant across generations.
A statement issued by ex-President Jonathan’s media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze further described him as deeply committed to national development. The statement reads: “I wish to most sincerely congratulate you for attaining the special age of 90 years.
“You are a great nationalist who has diligently served your nation in various capacities to the best of your abilities.
“You possess an unconquerable and enduring spirit forged in the love of your people, for which God Almighty has blessed you with long life, good health and unwavering intellect.
“You have lived a well rounded life, having been successful in various endeavours as a teacher, lawyer, educator, law maker and business man.
“In governance and patriotic service to fatherland, you have made indelible imprints because of your deep commitment to national development. Your renowned success in business has made you a role model in honest and productive entrepreneurship.
“As a rights crusader you have manifested a bold and sincere commitment to good causes and an unrivalled streak of advocacy which have accounted for your relevance across generations. Even as a nonagenarian, you have indeed remained a dependable voice for equity, justice and good governance.
“Nigerians will continue to celebrate you as the pride of Ijaw nation, foremost Niger Delta leader, national icon and elder statesman who has contributed so much towards not only bringing genuine peace to the region, but also building bridges of unity across the country.
“I join your family and numerous well wishers to pray for a longer life and wish you more productive years as you continue to strive for a more prosperous Nigeria.”

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