The crisis of bad governance in Nigeria received a rather rude knock on Friday when Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), called for military intervention on live television.
Clarke, while entertaining questions from a host of Channels Television presenters, described Nigeria as a country in ruins, saying that only the return of the military would save the situation and restore order.
Asked how the kind of change he was advocating will happen, Clarke retorted that, though he was not pushing for a coup, he somehow believed that “God” would orchestrate a change and return a military ruler to the seat of power. He said that his desire and prayer was for the soldiers to return for at least a 2-year period.
Concerned that his views might run against popular will, Clarke said he did not care if operatives of the Department of Security Services (DSS) came after him. “I have no reason to be scared at my age. I will speak the truth,” he said.
Lamenting that the country was, at the moment, being ruled by “gangsters”, he accused politicians of “bastardizing everything.” He had harsh words for Nigerian lawmakers who he said were too corrupt and incapable of bringing true change upon themselves and the system.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), he counseled, should urgently take the lead provided by Jibrin Abdulmumin, ousted Appropriation Committee Chairman, House of Representatives to probe rampant cases of corruption in the system.
Among other issues, Clarke warned Yoruba leaders not to make the mistake of exiting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the humiliation of one of their own, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
According to him, if they did, they would risk losing in the nation’s power equation to Hausa/Igbo coalition.
Critics have described Clarke’s Sunrise recommendations as a dangerous call and wonder the real reasons that may have motivated his desire for a truncation of Nigeria’s democratic march.
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