By Ebi Perekeme
Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has described the death of his younger brother, Major-Gen. Henry Clark (rtd), as devastating, shocking and heart breaking, especially for the very fact that the late brother was not sick.
The late Clark reportedly died peacefully, two days to his 71st birthday at his Enerhen home, near Warri.
He was a former Military Secretary (Nigerian Army), a one-time Registrar of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna and until his death, was Chairman, GenClark Marine Limited.
The senior Clark said the death of his younger sibling is a big loss to the family.
Also, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, said the news of his death came as a shock.
Okowa said: “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the passing of a gentleman and thoroughbred army officer, Gen. Henry Clark, who reportedly died peacefully on Tuesday.
The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, people of Kiagbodo, the entire Ijaw nation and the Nigerian Army on the passing of the elder statesman and top-notch army general.
Gen. Clark had an illustrious military career and served the nation with all his heart, with full dedication and commitment to duty and was reputed to have established the elite corps of paratroopers in the Nigerian Army.”
The Middle Belt Forum led by former Military Governor of Plateau State, Commodore. Dan Suleiman, the Forum’s President, Bitrus Porgu, former governor of Kwara State, Cornelius Adebayo; former Minister of Aviation, Alabo Graham Douglas; former Minister of Education, Professor Ihechukwu Madubuike and Amb. Godknows Igali, among others, have paid condolence visit to the elder statesman.