Kalu Orji’s Allegation On Soldier’s Bombings Is Irresponsible – Maku

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku described as ‘grossly unpatriotic, irresponsible and unfortunate’, a recent statement by former governor of Abia state, Uzor Orji Kalu, that the nation’s security agents are responsible for the bombings across the country.

Mr Orji had alleged that the security operatives are engaging in the bombings to enhance increase in funding for security vote.

According to Mr Maku, politicians and former public office holders are “speaking without responsibility.”

The bemused Minister decried the attitude of a former chief security officer of a state for  making such “outlandish statements.”

He urged them not to politicise the nation’s security challenge and as he lamented the statement noting that hundreds of the nation’s soldiers are killed in the various insurgency attacks that have been raging the country.

Nigerian lawyers are corrupt – former minister

A former minister of information, Chief Edwin Clark has called on the Nigerian judicial system to put its house in order, claiming that both the bar and bench have thrown away ethics of the profession.

The Ijaw leader made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, where he was the guest lecturer of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies’ (NIALS) annual lecture on the State of the Federation.

According to Chief Clark, “The Bench and The Bar have some questions to answer.”

“Both the bench and the bar are not doing anything to address corruption and if nothing is done about it, Nigeria will remain in the bottom list of corrupt countries in the world” he affirmed.

He made an example of an injunction granted the former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili by a Court that prevents any possibility of him facing a trial in the country.

“Peter Odili was found to have stolen N100billion of Rivers state fund and today he is a free man and parading himself as a state’s man” he said.

Citing more complicities of judges and lawyers, Chief Clark named former governors such as Joshua Dariye, Ayo Fayose, Saminu Turaki, Uzor Orji Kalu, as some of the former governors whose trial on corruption charges are stalling in courts due to series of adjournments, and injunctions by their lawyers and judges.

“Their cases are adjourned and adjourned and nothing is happening” he stated annoyingly.

After alleging that former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode embezzled some funds, meant for the aviation sector, the Ijaw leader stated that “Femi Fani-Kayode is now parading himself as a moral icon, so why will people not steal” Chief Edwin Clark asked.

“If we don’t fix corruption in this country…we are going nowhere” he concluded.

 

Nigeria may collapse without a National Conference-Clark

As the National Assembly gears to undertake the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution, elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark, has enjoined the legislators to hold on for suggestions from a National Conference before going ahead with the task.

The Ijaw leader made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, where he was the guest lecturer of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies’ (NIALS) annual lecture on the State of the Federation.

On what to do with the 1999 Constitution, whether to amend or re-write a brand new Constitution, Chief Clark stated that “a Constitution must be written by the people”, adding that “but it is only an amendment of the Constitution that will be keep this country together because if a new Constitution is written it will only benefit the devils-the politicians.”

Speaking on the call for a Sovereign National Conference, the 85 year old stated that “what we need is a National Conference and not a Sovereign National Conference because the result of the sovereign national conference can go anyway.”

He welcomed the conveying of a National Conference “to and discuss the basis of our existence as a nation.” “We have never done this since Lord Luggard put us together in 1914 and a fiat Floral Shaw gave us the name Nigeria” he said.

According to the veteran politician “only a national conference can provide the basis for Nigeria’s unity.”

He appealed to the federal government to “convene a National Conference where we (Nigerians) can discuss the basis of our country, where we can discuss corruption, marginalisation and every other thing.”

“The suggestions of this conference will then be submitted to the National Assembly before the Constitution Amendment is carried out. This is the only way we can have a People’s Constitution”