Jonathan lacked willpower to fight corruption, says Edwin Clark
The Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has said ex-President Goodluck Jonathan lacked the will power to fight corruption.
The elder statesman, who spoke when he hosted the Think Nigeria First Initiative Group, who visited him at his Asokoro home in Abuja, said President Jonathan meant well for the country but lacked the will power to tackle corrupt politicians.
He said: “Jonathan is a gentleman. He is too gentle. Drivers under his administration are now living in palatial buildings. In advanced countries, when you are living above your means, people query you. This is not so in Nigeria. Former governors and lawmakers are 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 N20,000 as salary and all of a sudden, he acquires something that is worth N100,000, he should be questioned. But in Nigeria, immunity has covered those that should be questioned.
“This is not the kind of country we want. Being a gentleman is not enough to govern this country.”
Clark announced his retirement from politics. He said he had quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and would not join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said despite announcing his retirement from politics, he would not stop criticising injustice.
Clark, a well-known supporter of former President Jonathan, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
He said: “I’m a true Nigerian. I have Muslims in my house, although I’m a Christian. Boko Haram is a problem for all of us and we must fight it.”
The elder statesman, who reiterated his support for Buhari’s quest to fight corruption, urged people to support him.
According to Clark, “it is not everything done by the opponent that is wrong. I will therefore support the policies that are good for the country because Nigeria belongs to all of us.
“We should support Buhari, particularly in his determination to eradicate corruption. For eight years, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo legalised corruption. Yet, he’s talking about corruption. If your brother was arrested, did he give you money? If your sister was arrested for corruption, did she give you money?
“Nobody should distract President Buhari from fighting corruption. People should stop talking about sectional or selective justice.”
He advised those yet to recover from the loss of the general election to forget their defeat and support the present administration to move the nation forward.