A former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has stated that former President Goodluck Jonathan was sabotaged in his anti-corruption effort while dismissing report that he betrayed the ex-president.
The one-time powerful ally of Jonathan has come under heavy criticism by some associates of the former president for allegedly betraying him, while he also denounced claims that his decision to quit partisan politics was provoked by the ex-President’s defeat at the polls.
In a lengthy letter, Clark denied betraying the former president.
According to the elder statesman, Jonathan’s attempt to probe some former former Heads of State, who were fingered in high profile corruption cases, was frustrated by some officials in Jonathan’s government.
“My statements on President Jonathan and my quitting partisan politics were wickedly, sensationally presented.
“It must be admitted that President Jonathan was very willing to fight corruption, but he believed that due process should and must be followed otherwise he could have initiated investigations into the scandals of Halliburton, Siemens and other serious alleged corruption charges levelled against some former Heads of State and other prominent Nigerians.
“Jonathan believed that there are institutions set up by the government, such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions, EFCC, and other anti-graft agencies.
“Regrettably, some of those who surrounded him led by the Attorney General, Alhaji Hassan Tukur, made it impossible for these institutions to work either by stopping them from arresting offenders or prosecuting some of the cases.
“Over 50 high profile corruption cases are still pending in the various courts for over eight years now. Laughable plea bargains and out of court settlements became the order of the day.
“It was at this juncture, when there was general complaint about the government not aggressively fighting corruption, that I addressed an open petition to the then Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, November 2 , 2011, complaining that most of those charged to court, especially former governors who have become senators, were still pending.
“He promptly replied my letter on November 3. Most of the petitions written against some prominent Nigerians, addressed to the anti-graft agencies, did not see the light of the day.
“Ironically, the perpetrators of these corrupt actions were the same persons who attacked Jonathan’s inability to eradicate corruption.
“It is indeed most disingenuous to insinuate that my relationship with the former President was based on what benefits accrued to me. That is far from the truth as I never benefited any material thing from President Jonathan in all his six years as President.”