The dust on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, is yet to settle. The leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark has said that President Muhammadu Buhari would rather appoint somebody from Niger Republic than a South South person, who is a Nigerian. Clark stated this in Abuja decrying the suspension of the Onnighen as CJN. According to him, Buhari has never been comfortable with appointment of a South South person, as he had also sacked the acting Director General of Department of State Services, Mathew Seiyefa from office. He said the President would prefer to appoint Nigerien than a South South person who is a Nigerian.

The former federal commissioner also said the appointment of board members of the Nigerian National Pe-troleum Corporation (NNPC) was skewed against the South South, where the oil comes from. He said: “We formed the Pan Niger Delta forum because we appeared not to be part of this country. We are neglected and nobody care for us. We have universities that are not properly funded.

We sit on top of water, but no water to drink. We produce gas but have no light. We produce petrol, but it is cheaper in Sokoto than in Yenegoa. You saw what is happening to us as if we are strangers in our own country. “One of our sons was made Acting DG of DSS by the Acting President but the cabal said no and when the President came back, the Hausa Fulani sacked him and brought somebody from his own area who had retired from service to take over from him.