Edwin Clarke Accuses Justice Minister Bello Adoke of the Problem of Jonathan’s Anti-Graft War
Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark has accused Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke of being the clog in President Goodluck Jonathan’s anti-corruption fight, even as he blamed the AGF for misadvising the president on the partial declaration of state of emergency in the three troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
He therefore called on the minister to resign or wait to be fired. Clark who is President Jonathan’s kinsman and confidant stated this in Abuja today during a media brifing.
Clark noted that after watching the minister for a while, he came to the conclusion that he has not done enough in the fight against corruption; stressing that as the Attorney General of the federation, he ought to strengthen the judicial process.
According to him “before I took this decision, I have been too patient. I have watched him for so long. In most cases he has not done well. He has not given the president good advice. On the issue of corruption, he has not done well.
“A good Attorney General would give strength to the administration by ensuring that corrupt cases are fully prosecuted.”
On the role of the minister on the declaration of partial state of emergency in the three North East states, the Ijaw leader said the minister misadvised the president by citing the case of Governor Joseph Dariye of Plateau state.
According to Clark, the Supreme Court did not condemn former President Olusegun Obasanjo for suspending the democratic structures in Plateau state when he declared state of emergency contrary to what the minister made the president to believe.
He pointed out that Adoke ought to have done his home work well before advising the president on partial state of emergency.
He further explained that the present security situation in the three states cannot address terrorism.
He said the present situation demands an extra-ordinary measure, where the president needs to suspend political structures in the affected states so as to have unimpeded control of the situation.
Clark was of the opinion that the minister should have advised the president to explore other means including doctrine of necessity to declare full scale state of emergency in the three states.
“One would have expected that in a serous matter as this, due diligence and sincerity would make it possible for public officers to give correct legal advice to Mr. President to enable him handle this case with all his inherent powers.
“From my own analysis and objective appraisal, there is nowhere in the case of Plateau state judgement referred above that the Supreme Court ruled that the suspension of democratic structures was illegal, the Attorney-General and other legal officers in the administration are in position to advise Mr. President on other measures he can adopt, such as the “doctrine of necessity” in the present circumstance and as warranted.”
He further added, “the president who based his declaration on reports and briefings from security agencies put it succinctly when he said:”these briefings indicate that what we are facing is not just militancy or criminality but rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. Already some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups where allegiance is to different flags and ideology.
“Many Nigerian, including me, felt that the state of emergency declared by Mr. president should have been total because the actions of these infidels have no doubt caused national calamity as the Boko Haram sect is notorious for wanton killings, looting, and destruction, all of which they do under the guise of religious ideology. However, the president’s action even though not total, was timely because in his own words, he said “these terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our believed nation.”
He said if the minister feels he can not discharge his responsibility in accordance to the oath of office, he should bow out.
“Where you cannot discharge your duty, the best thing is for him to leave and go to face his personal duty,” he added.
Chief Clark also warned that those linking the declaration of state of emergency to 2015 should realize that “if there is no Nigeria, there will be no 2015.”
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