Speaking at the finals of the 1st Chief (Dr.) E.K Clark National Wrestling Championship held in Warri on Friday, July 26, 2013, they emphasised that Nigeria is an indivisible entity that cannot disintegrate and urged politicians in particular to engage in actions that will strenghten the unity and encourage speedy development of the country.
Chief Clark personally apologized to Nigerians for any of his action or speeches that have threatened the peace and unity of the country reiterating, “I apologize to all Nigerians if my utterance or my action threatened the peace and unity of this country.”All politicians, leaders should emphasize only those things that keep this country together, we cannot split, Nigeria is a large country,”
He emphasised that “love is one of the greatest thing that binds us together and nigdrians should learn to love one another and work asssidously for the unity of the country”.
He disclosed that he had to rescind his decision to reply to a statement against his person by the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido when he discovered that a wrestler from Jigawa State was squared against a wrestler from Delta State reiterated that most of the statements issued by politicians were as a result of political interests not that they were against the unity of the country.
The former Minister of Information used the occasion to call for a national conference to be convened noting, “we need to discuss the basis of our unity in this country.”
While also apologizing to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan if he has done any wrong to him, Chief Clark assured him of his support and that of his followers.
Governor Uduaghan in his speech called on the people of the South –South Region and indeed nigerians to ensure that they put the unity of the country first in whatever they do. He called for support for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan and his transformational agenda.
“The unity of Nigeria is paramount, the unity of South-South is paramount, the unity of Delta State is paramount, Nigerians should continue to support the President to succeed.
“Our people in the South-South should support the President, whatever challenges we have, we can discuss it back home, it is not for us to pull the President down. We should avoid statements that are inciting, many of us prayed for democracy, we should also work for the sustenance of our democracy.”
Governor Uduaghan who was happy with the success recorded at the National Wrestling Championship reiterated, “when there is no unity, there is no development.”