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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jonathan lacked will power to fight corruption – Clark

Chief Edwin Clark

The Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Wednesday said former president Goodluck Jonathan lacked the political will to fight corruption while in office. He hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing anti-corruption crusade.

The former federal commissioner for Information also announced his retirement from partisan politics.

Clark said he has quit the Peoples Democratic Party and will not join the ruling All Progressive Congress.
Despite announcing his retirement from politics, the elder statesman said he will continue to speak out against any form of injustice anywhere in the country.
Clark, who spoke while hosting the “Think Nigeria First Initiative” group, who visited him at his Asokoro Residence, Abuja, said Jonathan meant well for Nigeria but lacked political will  to tackle corrupt politicians in the country.
He said, “I have joined the group of those who don’t belong to any political party anymore.
“I no longer belong to the PDP. I won’t go to the APC either, but I will continue to talk as an elder statesman and leader of this country. I have left politics.  If anyone comes to me to say he’s running for any elective position in PDP or APC, I won’t support you. I’m not a member of the PDP anymore.
“I’m a true Nigerian. I have Muslims in my house even though I’m a Christian. Boko Haram is a problem of all of us and we must fight it together.”
He reiterated his support for Buhari’s quest to fight corruption and urged Nigerians to support him.
“It is not everything done by the opponent that is wrong. I will therefore support the policies that are for the good of the country because Nigeria belongs to all of us.”
“We are all to support him, particularly in his determination to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.  For eight years Obasanjo legalised corruption. Yet, he’s the one talking about corruption. If your brother is arrested, did he give you money? If your sister was arrested for corruption, did she give you money?
“Nobody should distract Buhari from fighting corruption. People should stop talking about sectional or selective justice.
“Jonathan didn’t have the political will-power to fight corruption. He’s too a gentleman. Drivers of yesterday are living in palatial buildings now under his government. In advanced countries, when you are living above your means, people query you. That’s not so in Nigeria. Former governors and lawmakers are now asking for immunity.
“Jonathan meant well for this country, but the will power to fight corruption was not there.
“In an ideal society, when a man who earns 20,000 as his monthly salary and all of a sudden he acquire something that is worth N100,000, he should be questioned, but here in Nigeria, immunity has covered those that should be questioned.
“That is not the kind of country that we want. Being a gentleman is not enough to govern this country.”

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