By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – FORMER Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday described the unfolding political scenario in Bauchi that culminated in the sack of the deputy governor, Alhaji Garba Mohammed Gadi as a display of shame by the state governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, just as he said the governor is a disgrace to democracy.
The elder statesman who noted that Yugudaâ€™s actions were not only a disgrace to Nigeriaâ€™s democracy, said what happened in Bauchi State and still unfolding put to test the credibility of rule of law posture of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday on the political quagmire in the state, Clark said: â€œIt may surprise one or sound strange that I am speaking on something happening in another state especially in the Northern state. As an elder statesman in this country, I have the right to do that and the moral standing. I am now 82, what Iâ€™m I afraid of, any injustice done to one person will radiate to others, hence I have to talk on the happenings in Bauchi State.
â€œThere must be resistance from the people, from the youth or else, the country will derail. Arrogance of power exhibited by some of these governors gives us a serious concern.
In a decent society, the governor should be impeached rather than the dedicated, loyal and very hardworking deputy. The happening is a big dealt on Nigerians abroad, it is a disgrace.
Yuguda has killed democracy in Bauchi State, the state is one of the oldest that practised democracy with people like the late Tafawa Balewa, Tatari Ali, Dr. Ibrahim Tahir, among others. What makes Yuguda think that Bauchi State is synonymous with him or he is synonymous with Bauchi?” he said.