Elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, says he won’t comment much on the Bola Tinubu presidency until the conclusion of the election petitions tribunal where the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll is being challenged.
Clark stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja ahead of the 30th anniversary of the annulment of June 12 presidential election.
Asked for his views about the Tinubu presidency, which got underway on May 29, Clark said, “I don’t want to commend on that because the election tribunals are still sitting.
“I don’t want to make statements that are prejudicial. So, let the law take its normal course.”
Clark supported and endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, who emerged third in the election and has gone to the election tribunal to challenge declaration of Tinubu as the poll winner.
Meanwhile, on June 12, the 96-year-old Clark said government must ensure a peaceful country where citizens are guaranteed equality before the law.
He said, “We all desire that we live in a country that is peaceful, that is free from crisis, security and economic challenges and low corruption level.
“Corruption in the country is so high, which I always say since 2014, that government should declare a state of emergency on corruption.
“The rate at which corruption is going on in the country is terrible where every arm of government cannot be trusted.
“We want a Nigeria where all of us live together peacefully and there is no discrimination and we should all obey the provision of the constitution, which states there should be no state religion.
“There should be no promotion of a particular religion over and above others.
“When we were in the 2014 National Conference as an elder statesman, we made a lot of recommendations for the survival of Nigeria as a country.
“A united country free from crisis, where all the citizens are equal before the law and anyone of them can rise to any position you want to lead,” he said.