- Chief Edwin Clark has condemned the naming of a train station after ex-President Jonathan
- In an open letter, Clark told transport minister Amaechi that the honour diminished the status of a former president
- The elder statesman said he added his voice to those asking that a befitting national infrastructure should be named after ex-President Jonathan
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Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has condemned the naming of Agbor railway station by the federal government after former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Chief Clark said such honour diminished the status of a former president.
ThisDay reports that the elder statesman made this known in an open letter he addressed to the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday, July 6.
According to him, naming the railway station in Agbor, Delta state, ‘Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex’, is a misnomer.
He said a befitting national infrastructure should be named after the former president.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the naming of the railway complex in Agbor after Jonathan was described as “meaningless and belittling" by Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).
In a statement by the group through its national publicity secretary, Ken Robinson, PANDEF said it rejected the naming because it is disparaging to the status of the former president.
Legit.ng recalls that despite political differences, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the naming of the railway complex, the operational hub of Itakpe-Warri rail line, after his predecessor Jonathan.
The minister of transportation made this confirmation on Saturday, July 18, through a tweet by the presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi.
The transport minister said the Itakpe-Warri rail line will now be acknowledged as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex.
Amaechi also said the project is ready for commissioning, adding that priority of the Warri-Itakpe rail corridor remains prioritizing the movement of goods especially since the rail line passes through Ajaokuta.
But in a late reaction, PANDEF said though the railway complexes were named after prominent and deserving Nigerians, the inclusion of Jonathan in the list is "completely unacceptable."
In another report, former president Jonathan stated that his relationship with President Buhari was cordial despite party affiliation and political difference.
Jonathan made this known on Tuesday, July 21, while addressing the pressmen at the State House in Abuja.
The former president met Buhari behind the closed-door at the presidential villa, Abuja and one of the purposes of the meeting was connected with the honour Buhari bestowed on him recently.
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