by Stanley Azuakola
It would be almost impossible to find a more vocal cheerleader of President Goodluck Jonathan than Chief Edwin Clark. The man Loves the president (notice the capital L.) Surely if he was younger —he is 85— there wouldn’t have been the need for President Jonathan to employ Doyin Okupe as his new public mouthpiece (some will say attack dog).
Clark was in Abuja on Wednesday at the invitation of the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies to deliver a lecture titled “2012 State of the Federation lecture.” And, boy, did he have plenty to say! The entire lecture was 67-pages long. No kidding.
Let’s cut to the chase and mention eight things said by the Burutu chief:
- Governors have taken over his party, the PDP.
“Today the governors have taken over the PDP. Without them there can never be an executive. So the National Working Committee of the PDP is not loyal to the party, the chairman of the party, or the President. They are only loyal to the governors.”
- Even Ministers are not loyal to the president. His evidence –they don’t make political statements in support of Jonathan. Oh, pity.
“Today, ministers are in office – how many of them have you seen making political statements in support of the President? No one! Because they believe that their loyalty does not lie with the President. They are loyal to the governors that nominated them.
- Just so you know, here are the people behind our problems:
“People who said they must make Nigeria ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan must be behind what is happening. If you have said you will make this country ungovernable for President Jonathan – the government should pick (you) up, nobody is bigger than the government.”
- And just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a short reminder on who Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan truly is:
“President Jonathan is the President of Nigeria. He is not the President of the Niger Delta; he is not the President of the Ijaw.”
- Clark then educated his audience on the differences between terrorism in Nigeria and terrorism in the US; Boko Haram of old and Boko Haram these days; as well as the difference between “our (Niger delta) agitation and their own grievance.”
“Our type of terrorism is homegrown, whereas in the US and Israel it is imported from the Middle East.
“Boko Haram, which was a religious group, has become a political body.
“In the Niger Delta, our own (agitation) is for 50 per cent derivation, what is their own grievance?”
- Clark faulted former military dictator Ibrahim Babangida for teaming up with Olusegun Obasanjo and speaking of Boko Haram when he has neither spoken with Muhammadu Buhari nor gone to Maiduguri himself. Don’t ask us how they relate, and PS: We have no way of verifying how Clark got these ‘facts.’
“I expected that IBB should have spoken since. I thought he would have spoken with his friend (Gen. Muhammadu) Buhari; two of them have been meeting since. So why (speak) with Obasanjo?
“Obasanjo has gone to Maiduguri to meet the people. Why has he (IBB) not gone?”
- Revealed: Why Goodluck Jonathan, president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is being harassed and intimidated ‘injustifiably.’
“Only God knows, for some time there seems to be deliberate attempts by certain elements to harass and intimidate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan without any justification simply because he does not belong to a certain part of this country where the people believe it is their absolute right to rule because they are in the majority without having regard to the fact that the world is changing fast.
“Some parts of this country have ruled for about 40 years out of our 52 years and another part of this country has ruled for 12 years. Now that it has pleased God to choose a minority man to rule, why not give him a chance if we are all equal citizens of our great country. He is not going to be there forever, but only for the period allowed him by Section 137 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
- And as for you Pastor Bakare.
“Pastor Tunde Bakare has turned his pulpit to a political theatre where he preaches against President Jonathan and his administration to the extent of saying that the President will not last up to 2015, adding that Nigerians should be ready for fresh elections any time before 2015.”
The sage of Burutu has spoken, he who has an ear let him hear. Selah.