When they were governors of Lagos and Akwa Ibom states, respectively, elder statesman and Ijaw leader Edwin Clark criticized President of Nigeria Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senate President Godswill Obot Akpabio of passing two laws that he called reckless. CONTINUE READING>>>>>
Between 1999 and 2007, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu led Lagos State on behalf of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), while Godswill Obot Akpabio led Akwa Ibom State on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to The Vanguard Newspaper, Edwin Clark lamented that corruption had led to Nigeria’s downfall in his 688-page autobiography.
“A new twist to corruption is the unnecessary laws that governors get their stooges in the State Houses of Assembly to make so as to give them (the governors) life pension,” the former Federal Commissioner for Information remarked. This, in my opinion, represents their most reckless behavior. They receive more rewards in just four years than any “faithful” federal servant or public employee could receive in 30 or 35 years of active service.
In his words, “Two examples of such irresponsible laws are: The Life Pension Law introduced by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State, and the Former Governor and Deputy Governor’s Pension Bill 2014 introduced by former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Obot Akpabio.”
He said, “It will be recalled that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who served as Lagos State’s unopposed governor for eight years, was the first governor to introduce this obnoxious pension law prior to leaving office, despite all he had amassed during his eight years in office.”…… Continue Your Reading