Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons

When I challenged Chief E.K. Clark's assertion that there was ''nothing wrong with placing soldiers on the streets of Lagos'' last January during the oil subsidy crisis at a conference of the Political Summit Group in Lagos I knew that I was heading for trouble. I was given the floor to speak just a few minutes after the former Minister of Information and elderstatesman had stirred the audience with his words and to say that he was infuriated by not only what I said but also the thunderous applause that I received for daring to say it would be an understatement. The old man screamed at me at the top of his voice from his chair even as I had the floor and spoke and he accused me of all manner of unspeakable things there and then simply for daring to disagree with him to his face. Naturally I continued with my speech and acted as if he wasn't even there but I knew that he would take his time and eventually hit back at me and claim his pound of flesh. Yet even with that expectation nothing prepared me for the virulence and sheer ferociousness of his counter-attack. And that counter-attack was launched during a public lecture on August 1st 2012, when the elderstatesman, during the course of his lecture, passionately proclaimed that I was holding myself out as a ''moral icon'' after ''embezzling funds'' that were entrusted to me when I was Minister of Aviation that were meant to be used to ''stop planes from crashing and to reform the aviation sector''. This was on live television and it was being watched by millions of Nigerians from all over the world.
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Chief Clark added many to his hit list that day from former Heads of States, former Presidents and Vice Presidents, former Governors and Federal Ministers and so many more. If he was not accusing the northern leaders and governors of being behind Boko Haram and claiming that the problem began under President Obasanjo's watch, he was daring Generals Babangida and Buhari to come clean and condemn Boko Haram or stand the risk of being counted amongst those that were behind it. He also had very harsh words for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the northern Governors, the Governors Forum, Senator Joshua Dariye, Pastor Tunde Bakare, former Governors Alamesighya, Peter Odili, Orji Kalu, former Minister of Aviation Professor Babalola Borisade and so many others. This was quite a show and the elderstatesman was very much in his element. He was having a wonderful time kicking all his enemies in the pants without exercising any sense of restraint or decency. It was just slander all the way.
There has probably never been a greater public display of defamation of character and the impugnment of the integrity of former public office holders that were not there to say a word in their own defence in the history of Nigeria. Everyone that had ever been accused of a crime was pronounced guilty of that crime by Chief Clark on that day. That is anyone that is not part of the present administration and that is not part of the Jonathan cabal which our elderstatesman merrily presides over. It was quite a show with more than enough razzle dazzle, sensationalism and wondrous allegations to go around. I was a little surprised that my former colleague in the Obasanjo government Professor Jerry Gana was left out of the list of those that were being lampooned until I saw him grinning like a cheshire cat and clapping so eagerly and with such enthusiasm as our elderstatesman was spitting fire and defaming those that he once worked with and worked for. Such loyalty. And of course the erstwhile gathering loved Clark's performance and cheered him on passionately even though the organisersof the event went to the podium as he spoke and advised him to stop mentioning names and saying such things about people that were deemed innocent until proven guilty and that were not there to defend themselves. Yet Chief Clark, in his characteristically brazen manner, brushed their concerns aside and boldy proclaimed that he would continue his epistle regardless of all because he was ''already in the waiting room before leaving this life'' and he didn't care about the consequencesof what he was saying. It was all very exciting and dramatic but, needless to say, his assertions were mostly completely false.
Though I have little doubt that the man hates me with the biblical ''perfect hatred'' I still found it extraordinary that someone of his sheer standing, magnitude and gravitas would seek to pronounce guilt on me on a matter in which he clearly knows nothing about. It is a sad testimony to his exciteable nature and his penchant for making unsustainable and irrascible assertions that he should, on this occassion, have turned himself into a prosecutor, a judge and a jury in a matter that is before a duly constituted court of law. Let it be on record that not only did I not embezzle any public funds but also that I was cleared of doing so by the Senate Aviation Commitee who conducted a public hearing into the whole matter in 2008. Even the EFCC, after initially charging me in july of that same year, dropped those charges one month later for want of evidence. Contrary to Clark's assertions, I was the one that actually investigated and exposed the embezellment of 6.5 billion naira from the 19.5 billion Aviation Intervention Fund which had taken place just before I became Minister in 2006. I was the whisteblower in that matter, I was the one that wrote to President Obasanjo and reported it and it was after I did so that he referred it to the security agencies for further investigation. Yet after we left office and in a manner that is so typical of Nigeria when it comes to such matters, I was punished for doing so and I was later accused of commiting the very crime that I had exposed. Is that not absurd? In thier zeal to effect the orders of the late President Umaru Yar'adua and to ''get me at all costs'' the Farida Waziri-led EFCC, without any prior investigation into the matter, detatined me for 10 days in their custody and proceeded to charge me in an Abuja magistrate's court for the supposed misappropiation of the said 6.5 billion naira. Yet one month later, after realising the futility of their cause and after establishing all the relevant facts, they withdrew those charges against me and instead prosecuted my predeccesor in office for that same offence at the Abuja Federal High Court.
Chief Clark claimed that I ''embezzeled the money'' that I was given ''to use to stop the plane crashes'' yet the truth is that not only did I not embezzle one kobo but also that not one plane crash took place under my watch. This is despite the fact that 5 crashes had taken place the year before I became Minister. The fact of the matter is that by God's grace my team and I put an end to those crashes and saved lives. It was as a consequence of our hard work, our prayers, our dedication to duty and the solid reforms that we put in place that those crashes stopped and did not occur again for at least one year after we left office. Yet without knowing these facts, Chief Clark got up in a public forum on live television and not only made the most scurrilous, slanderous and outrageous allegations against me but he also pronounced me guilty of a crime that I did not commit.
Is it a surprise that we are in such a mess in this nation when an elderstatesman behaves in this indecorous way. It is common knowledge that he is the Godfather-In-Chief of this administration but the question is whether he is making more friends or enemies for his son, President Goodluck Jonathan, when he behaves in this way and when he throws all caution to the wind and pontificates about issues that he knows nothing about? Perhaps I should point out the fact that the charges that were proferred against me by the EFCC in a Lagos High Court on Decembrer 2008, 6 months after the first set of charges had been withdrawn, had nothing to do with the 19.5 billion naira Aviation Intervention Fund. It was obvious from the outset that all those charges were malicious and politically-motivated yet for the last four years I have kept my cool, honoured the conditions of my bail and avoided discussing the issue publically for obvious reasons. I have resisted and fought those charges vigorously for all those years and the likes of Chief E.K Clark and all the others that have sworn to see my end can be rest assured that I will continue to do so as long as I have breath in me. In God's time and in God's way He will vindicate me. It is however most unfair for Chief Clark to pronounce me guilty in this matter and to label me as a criminal when a court of law has not done so. This is especially so when our constitution confers on me the presumption of innocence unless and until I am proven guilty.
On a final note let me end this write-up with a word about political persecution and the usage of politically-motivated charges to intimidate those that are perceived by the government of the day as being vocal and dangerous enemies that must be silenced at all costs. This is nothing new. And regardless of it's success or otherwise it changes nothing when it comes to God's purpose. When God's hand is on a man for leadership or greatness you can lock him up in the deepest and darkest dungeon below the sea and throw the keys away but when the time is right God will spring him out again in order for him to fulfill destiny. The problem with people like Chief Clark and those that do not understand the power of God and the pull of destiny is that they refuse to learn from history. Let me give you some examples.
Three of the greatest leaders that Nigeria ever had, namely Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello and President Olusegun Obasanjo all suffered persecution at one point or the other in their lives and every single one of them was convicted by a court of law and spent some time in jail. Awolowo was wrongly accused of treasonable felony and spent three years in jail, Obasanjo was wrongly accused of plotting a coup and spent three years in jail and Ahmadu Bello was wrongly accused of stealing public funds and spent some time in jail. All three of them were targetted by the powers that were at that time who thought that they had successfully silenced and discredited them forever by jailing them. Yet when the time was right circumstances suddenly changed and God's purpose spoke for all three of them. Awolowo was brought out of jail to become the de facto Prime Minister of Nigeria, Obasanjo was brought out of jail to become the President of our country and Bello went on appeal, won his case (Chief Bode Thomas of ''Thomas, Williams and Kayode'' the first indigenous law firm in Nigeria who was the law partner of my late father Chief Remi Fani-Kayode and Chief Rotimi Williams represented him in court) was acquited and freed and later went on to join politics and become the greatest leader that northern Nigeria has ever known. Destiny and the power of God spoke for all three of them and delivered them from the hands of their tormentors.
Equally relevant is the bitter end and unspeakable sorrows that engulfed and ended up consumming those that persecuted them and that orchestrated their incarceration and terrible ordeals. As a matter of fact in at least two of those cases those that orchestrated the persecution and unjust incarceration of these great men were murdered in cold blood shortly before the release, pardon and vindication of their victims. My point is simple and clear- regardless of what the powers that be decide to subject us lesser mortals to, God alone rules in the affairs of men and determines the destiny of nations. Even though some that stalk the corridors of power today believe that they have the power over life, liberty and death and that they control everything, in reality they control and they have nothing. This is because the God of Heaven alone controls all that is. Any man that has been so intoxicated by power or by his access to the President to the extent that he is ready to play God at every given point in time ought to be pitied for his naivity rather than be the objectof our anger. Chief E.K.Clark, the all-powerful former Minister of Information, the great leader and elder of the Ijaw nation and the political and spiritual father of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in my view, ought to be viewed in such a light.


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Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Eire posted on 08-05-2012, 03:56:39 AM
FEMI FANI-KAYODE will never be half the man Edwin Clark is.
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Ewuro posted on 08-05-2012, 04:27:20 AM
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FEMI FANI-KAYODE will never be half the man Edwin Clark is.


Edwin Clark is a rogue. He has been a rogue for ages. Do you wonder why he was called Edwin 'Cinema' Clark. He was found guilty of corrupt enrichment by the Murtala government. Most of the cinema houses used to be owned by Asians. Edwin Clark and Ogbemudia used proxies to acquire those cinema. His total wages as a minister, and his lack-lustre past career could not account for the stupendous wealth after he was thrown out of government.
I do not have any apologies for Fani-kayode either. He was an active participant in a very corrupt OBJ government. An OBJ attack-dog.
Both men, Clark and FFK, need to bury their heads in shame!
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Agensheku posted on 08-05-2012, 05:13:45 AM
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Edwin Clark is a rogue. He has been a rogue for ages. Do you wonder why he was called Edwin 'Cinema' Clark. He was found guilty of corrupt enrichment by the Murtala government. Most of the cinema houses used to be owned by Asians. Edwin Clark and Ogbemudia used proxies to acquire those cinema. His total wages as a minister, and his lack-lustre past career could not account for the stupendous wealth after he was thrown out of government.
I do not have any apologies for Fani-kayode either. He was an active participant in a very corrupt OBJ government. An OBJ attack-dog.
Both men, Clark and FFK, need to bury their heads in shame!
Odeon Cinema, Paramount Cinema, everything cinema...na Clarke bought them all! He was disgraced out as Federal Commissioner for Information. Ironically, when Murtala was murdered, that old goat, Obj returned all of Clarke s seized assets to the man!

So, why wont Clarke be pretending to be an elder statesman now? All of them, Obj, IBB, Clarke and FFK should have a permanent hall in Kuje prison sharing tales by moonlight and kunnu and waiting for God s judgement. Shior!!!!
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Ariteni posted on 08-05-2012, 11:06:50 AM
Fani-Kayode: Though I have little doubt that the man hates me with the biblical ''perfect hatred''

Yesoooo!!! President Obama hates Bin Ladin with perfect hatred!
All Patriotic Nigerians Nigerians hate Public Officers under whose watch the National Wealth "eaten' resulting in mass poverty of Nigerians.

It is corrupt Nigerians that assert: You say I stole - Prove it beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. Every rogue that has embezzled public revenue in Nigeria sings the same tune: I am innocent until proved guilty in a court of law!

(then they go behind and bribe the Judge to give them perpetual Injunction or to just sit on the case to fraustrate the Prosecutors with numerous injudiciuos adjourments!) In Ibori's case, all charges were struck down by theNigerian judge yet Delta's money was found all over the world! Ibori got justice in a foreign Court! Some fool will say (like Fani-Kayode): Jonathan hates Ibori

EFCC is not a house of fools! They have lawyers in their fold and can hire the most brilliant lawyers to do their cases. Nobody, repeat nobodywho did not do anything has been brought to court by EFCC! They just dont pick on Nigerians on the Streets! They just don't pick on President Jonathan's enemies! but if 32 out of 36 Governors stole state funds, it is their discretion who to charge to court first. Fani-Kayode cannot overrule that discretion but it is unequal justice to charge some and leave others.

There were many Ministers who served under President Obasanjo. Only few (including Fani-Kayode) have been charged to Court. Nigeria's funds were missing. He could in court secure a verdict of Not Criminally liable otherwise called not Guilty. But that will not restore missing govt funds! (Unless EFCC is lying that Govt Funds were missing)

Did Chief Edwin Clarke call for the Prosecution of all former Ministers (and all former Heads of State)? No!!! All he said was that all Public Officers that have embezzled State or Federal Funds be prosecuted. In that large number only Fani-Kayode is angry at the old man. Proclaim your innocence, by all means but not before Nigeriavillagesquare when the matter is in court. Your appropriate forum is the Court of Law. (What if EFCC decides to answer this write-up?)

The Bible is no witness or defence and many NVS members are not even Christians or believers in the Bible. Nigerians like to proclaim legal innocence even when they did the act. Oyenusi in the seventies proclaimed innocense when being executed by firing squad for armed robbery. Villagers cannot help Fani-Kayode to compell EFCC to drop his prosecution which he says was politically motivated. (Alamie said the same but had to escape overseas jail dressed like a woman) Every theif that Obasanjo caught said the same thing but Nigerians know that their money was stolen. Fani-Kayode to date is a PDP Member. He is not in opposition or Asiwaju Tinubu's Camp.

Yes, Awolowo served as Minister of Finance in Gowon's Civil War Cabinet, yet Nigeria's money was not reported stolen!

If no money was stolen, Chief Edwin Clarke would not call for prosecution of anybody. Nigerians ernestly yearn for the prosecution and jailing of past Public Officers that robbed Nigeria blind resulting in the impoverishment of its peoples. Chief Clarke spoke the mind of patriotic Nigerians and their morals. This piece exposes Fani-kayode's morals!

To Villagers above who accuse Chief Clarke of corruption, I say face the message not the messanger!

NB: Fani-Kayode - When God's hand is on a man for leadership or greatness you can lock him up in the deepest and darkest dungeon below the sea and throw the keys away but when the time is right God will spring him out again in order for him to fulfill destiny "Kuku" plead guilty in court and like Obasanjo, God will bring you out to be our President in order to fulfil your destiny!
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Ewuro posted on 08-05-2012, 11:57:10 AM
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To Villagers above who accuse Chief Clarke of corruption, I say face the message not the messanger!


Ariteni,
We are just not accusing Edwin Kodogbo 'cinema' Clarke of corruption, he was found guilty of corruption. The corrupt proceeds were seized from him.
We dont believe in the lamentation of Fani-Kayode either. Let Edwin Clarke use his influence on GEJ's government to ensure that FFK's trial is completed.
Only the thief knows another. Wetin concern me with anyone of them.
Both men are messengers of evil.
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Igboamaeze posted on 08-05-2012, 13:46:00 PM
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I just love FFK as a person but I doubt if he can pass the integrity test. As for E.K. Clark, what's there really to say?

Maybe, a rascal at 80...
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Lol posted on 08-08-2012, 11:06:52 AM
@ Ariteni

All Patriotic Nigerians Nigerians have themselves to blame for allowing Public Officers to squandered the public wealth, the citizens should also blame themselves for living above their means by having uncontrolled number of wives and children they and the country cannot afford.
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
DaBishop posted on 08-08-2012, 21:01:25 PM
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@ Ariteni

All Patriotic Nigerians Nigerians have themselves to blame for allowing Public Officers to squandered the public wealth, the citizens should also blame themselves for living above their means by having uncontrolled number of wives and children they and the country cannot afford.


Yes we had Fany here on NVS, did we care about HIS RUBBISH TENURE on OBJ's government? [as 'attack bulldog'? (naija phrases:wink]? Did we grill him? Now, he writes crap about defaming public office holders in the room...and morality?? Does he know what 'defamation' means? Have any of them 'public officers' a reputation to defend, seeing how dysfunctional they left naija?

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There has probably*never been a greater public display of defamation of character and the impugnment of the integrity of*former public office*holders that were not there to say a word in their own defence in the history of Nigeria. Everyone that had ever been accused of a crime was*pronounced guilty of that crime by Chief Clark on that day.


crapola!
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Agidimolaja posted on 08-09-2012, 23:37:55 PM
Femi Fani-Kayode sir,



Thanks for efforts made and time taken to write out this your clever lamentation whereby you stood up against Baba Edwin Clark whom you accused of wrongly accusing you crimes you did not commit as Federal Commissioner for aviation.

It pleases me so much that in your lamentation, you acknowledged the greatness of our late Sage, Baba Obafemi Awolowo .You further pleased me at the closing of the said lamentation when you openly draw the attention of readers to the fact thathorrible fate that the persecutors of Obj and Baba Awolowo suffered.

By your mentioning the persecutors of Baba Obafemi Awolowo, you forced me to remember as if it was yesterday that the Chief persecutors of Baba Awolowo werethe then quasi Premier of Western Region Baba Ladoke Akintola during the infamous "Akintola taku" saga.

Femi, was your late farther Remi Fani-Kayode popularly known as "Fani Power" not the Deputy of Baba Awolowo's persecutor? Yes,he was.When the persecution, the framing up, the jailing etc were going on, was your dad not actively involved in everything that went wrong in Western Region then and the eventual jailing of Baba Awolowo? Yes, he was.

Your late father was a known traitor even though you did notmention the ugly parts played .
Re: Chief E.K. Clark and His Moral Icons
Agidimolaja posted on 08-10-2012, 01:31:41 AM
by him in those days of bitterness.You probably know better .But we knew him and the pathetic rolesthat Fani Power played

Your late father was only lucky not to have suffered similar fate as Baba S. L.Akintola the then quasiPremier of Western Region.Surely, Fani Power deserved to be wasted in the same way considering that he was the then Deputy Premier,a leader inthe persecutions of Baba Awolowo. . .

Leaving that apart, here you are pointing accusing finger toBaba Edwin Clark.You accused the Baba of insulting several people during his speech among of which was IBB, Buhari etc

So you disliked what Baba Edwin Clark was saying then? But Femi,were you not told about how your late father insulted the man you just acknowledged as great leader, Baba Obafemi Awolowo? Were you not told of how your father insulted the then Oni of Ife,Baba Sir Adesoji Aderemi?

Your late father insultedBaba Awolowo because he supported the candidacyof Baba Sir Adesoji Aderemi,a more elderly and more matured politician of those days and one of the founding fathers ofAction Group political party instead of supporting your arrogant, young and restless lawyer father.

It was for that reason that your late father decamped from Action Group to N. C. N. C and later joined perverse andrebellious N. N. D. P where he became the Deputy Premier.

Time and space will not permit me to tell readers about the evils that your late father did asDeputy Premier,therefore I will leave that till another day.

But let it be known to you this day that you have no business accusing Baba Edwin Clark of insulting anybody or falsely accusing anybody when you and your late father did far worst things.

We are all living witnesses to your activities as Obj's attack dog.How many eminent Nigerians did you insult while trying to defend Obj? Several of them! Did you not insult former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon {rtd}? Yes, you did.

Common sense should then dictate to you that it is of great importance for you tobeg the people of old Western Region to forgive your late father for the evils he did as Deputy Premier and yourself must beg for forgiveness for yourown evils as Obj's attack dog.

. It is then thatyou can be qualified to accuse the likes of Baba Edwin Clark.

As Aviation Minister, do not lie to us and to yourself that you performed well.No, you did not.You probably did not loot the treasury then as you want us to believe but I doubt it much.

However, you should understand that not stealing money is one thing while doing a good job is another thing.

Planes did not crash while you were the Minister. Thank God.But did you do it or Nigerians were just a little lucky then? The conditions of the airplanes then were not really better.

Above all, as Minister of aviation then, you had a golden chance of resurrecting our Nigeria Airways but you failed to do so. Your failure to bring Nigeria Airways back to the sky set you and the Government of Obj out as total failure and total waste of resources.

Obj's Government which you were part of had the resources to bring back our National carrier and other things that were sold out.What a true " akotileta" Government did Obj run for eight years.

Instead for you to bury your head in the sand for shame of under performance as Aviation Minister considering your total failure to resurrect Nigeria Airways, here you are like your late shameless Fani Powerbragging that there were no crash during your time in office.Bunch of useless rubbish!



To Baba Edwin Clark sir,

I have this against you.That when Igbos were coming out of the great tribulation - the Nigerian civil war;you did not meet them with bread and water.

Pls Baba Edwin Clark, don't go down into your grave without doing something about the matter of Igbos abandoned properties.

I served on the Federal side during the civil war and was in Port Harcourt sometimes in 1970 whenyou as a Federal Commissioner then made the legendary statement which I heard with my two ears in respect of Igbos abandoned properties that;"there is not a single abandoned property in Rivers State because all the properties in Rivers State belonged to the people of Rivers State".

So you said sir, I heard it with my hears and it was published in the newspapers.

While we Yorubas in the Southwest helped Igbos that fled to the East during the crisis look afterthe properties they left behind andreturned the properties back to them after the civil war, you and your Rivers State people are still sitting over Igbos properties.

We all knew it andBaba Edwin Clark knew too that most of the properties in D Line, Trans Amadi Layout etc in Port Harcourt belonged then to Igbos.How then could all the properties in Rivers State belonged to the people of Rivers State?
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