Ijaw Justice Forum (IJF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate an Ijaw elder statesman, Edwin Clark for alleged financial crimes.
In a statement signed by its president, Karona Etonye and secretary, Ekenwan Akwagbe, the group also called on President Buhari to reject the friendship offer of the most prominent Ijaw elder, particularly during the last administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, also an Ijaw man.
It said that the comments made by Clark last week where he accused the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan as weak and lacking in political will to fight corruption was very unfortunate for a man that allegedly benefited so much from the Jonathan’s administration.
Clark, one of the staunch supporters of Jonathan had told a group, Think Nigeria First Initiative, on October 7 that he had quit the Peoples Democratic Party, attributing one of the reasons why he quit the former ruling party to Jonathan’s lacking in will to fight corruption as.
“… 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 acquires something that is worth N100,000, he should be questioned, but here in Nigeria, immunity has covered those that should be questioned.”
Clark also told the Think Nigeria First Initiative that he would not join the All Progressives Congress but will continue to engage political leaders as an elder statesman. He also said that he will not openly support any candidate from either PDP or APC.
Apparently irked by the Clark’s statement which ultimately means dissociating himself from the corruption that characterized Jonathan’s administration, the IJF advised Buhari to be wary of the antics of their kinsman, describing him as: “a fair weather man that only dines with you when the going is okay and flee when things are not working fine.”
The group reminded the President that Clark meted out the same treatment to past governors of Delta state, from whose administrations he allegedly made immense gains.