The Ijaw leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark announced yesterday that he has retired from active politics.
He also said that former President Goodluck Jonathan never had the political will to fight corruption during his reign as president.
Clark who spoke while playing host to the Think Nigeria First Initiative group, who paid him a courtesy visit at his Asokoro residence in Abuja said former President Jonathan meant well for Nigeria but lacked political will to tackle corrupt politicians in the country.
He said, “Jonathan meant well for this country but the will power to fight corruption was not there.
“In an ideal society, when a man who earns 20,000 as his monthly salary and all of a sudden he acquires something that is worth N100,000, he should be questioned but here in Nigeria, immunity has covered those that should be questioned.“That is not the kind of country that we want. Being a gentleman is not enough to govern this country.”
The elder statesman also reiterated his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption and urged Nigerians to support him.
According to Chief Clark, “ It is not everything done by the opponent that is wrong. I will therefore support the policies that are for the good of the country because Nigeria belong to all of us.”
He also said that even though he is retiring from active politics, he will not stop lending his voice as an elder statesman.
He further advised those who are yet to recover from the loss of the 2015 general elections to put their differences aside and work together with the present administration to move Nigeria forward.
“If the man that contested the election conceded defeat, then who are you to continue to fight?