Ijaw leader, Pa Edwin Clark, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the anti-corruption war to every public officer, past and present, who contributed immensely in bringing Nigeria to its present sorry state.
Clark urged Buhari not to be selective in his war against corruption, so as not to provide an escape route for the real people who looted Nigeria.
The one time Federal Commissioner of Information said this in an address at the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
“For Nigeria to succeed in the war to eliminate the cancerous spread of this malaise, all those who contributed in one way or the other in ruining the prospects of a great country and brought us to this despicable position should be made to account for their actions. It is only then that the battle against corruption would be genuinely and seriously fought without fear or favour.”
Clark, however, declared support for Buhari’s anti-corruption war, stating that “the resolve by President Buhari’s administration to wage a decisive war against corruption which would put Nigeria on the global map of business-friendly nations is a welcome development.
“However, it is important to state that the dialectics of corruption, as pervasive and diverse, require a holistic fight to tame its pervading scourge. Thus, it must not be seen to be selective and limited to some perceived political enemies and foes to score cheap political points.
“As Nigerians, we are all equal without regard to race, creed and tribe. It is my candid appeal to President Buhari to live to his priceless mantra ‘I belong to everybody, but I belong to nobody’ in the manner that the affairs of state are conducted, regardless of who gave him 95 percent and five percent votes.”
Also, a former Bishop of the Akure Anglican Diocese, Bolanle Gbonigi, advised the president to open up his anti-corruption drive by ensuring that those who contributed to the economic depression in Nigeria are brought to book
He said justice and rule of law must reign supreme if the fight against corruption must be won.
Bishop Gbonigi appealed to him to make a good statement with the appointment of his cabinet such that all parts of Nigeria will be carried along, adding that “no section of the country should be marginalised in appointments and sighting of development projects.
“Elections are over and Buhari is now the president over all Nigeria and Nigerians. No section of the country should be over patronised at the expense of others. It is therefore our sincere hope that the lop-sidedness in the appointments made so far by Mr. President is not an indication of the trend of future appointments.”
The bishop expressed dissatisfaction with the distribution of political offices at the National Assembly in which the president, Senate president, speaker and Chief Justice of Nigeria are all from the north, stressing that the south is not subservient to the north and a situation in which only the deputies are zoned to the south is not acceptable.
Former Vice President, Alex Ekuweme, who spoke for the South-East and was represented by Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, affirmed that the ongoing anti-graft war must be holistic and not selective.
The former vice-president called for the restructuring of the country in line with true federalism.
On his part, Ndongesit Ekang, who spoke for the South-South, said except appointments are balanced, achievements would be minimal.
Ekang recommended that the fight against corruption should go round the three tiers of government, adding that politicising it would be a disservice to the country
Others at the event were Senator Femi Okorounmu; leader of the South-West delegation, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Gbonigi; a third republic senator, Ngoji Denton-West; former Minister of Transport and Aviation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope; Prof Ihechukwu Madubuike, Dr. Kunle Olajide and former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Ndongesit Ekang.
Others were Senator Tony Adefuye, former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Prof Olu Agbi, among others.


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