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Calls for Aondoakaa’s sack tribalistic…. Benue elders

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA — Benue State Elders’ Forum yesterday dismissed as tribalistic those calling for the sack of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Chief Mike Aondoakaa (SAN), saying almost all of them are from the South-West geo-political zone.

Notable individuals especially lawyers and corporate institutions had, at separate times, described Chief Aondoakaa as unfit to hold the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on the account that he is corrupt.

Aondoakaa’s latest accuser is the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) which staged a protest march to the National Assembly in Abuja last week to demand his sack.

But the elders forum which asked the National Assembly to discountenance the calls for Andoakaa’s sack alleged  that the attorney-general’s accusers who are predominantly from the South-West were pushing for his sack simply because he is not a Yoruba man.

The elders’ position is contained in a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, in which they urged him to ignore a two-week ultimatum to the leadership of the House by CACOL that it should prevail on President Umaru Yar’Adua to sack Aondoakaa.

The 34-paragraph letter was signed by National President of the Benue State Elders’ Forum, Dr. Godwin Akpenlamen Dabo Adzuana.

The forum said it was now becoming clear that any Nigerian appointed to the office of AGF who is not a Yoruba man must be intimidated, harassed and removed from office.

It said contrary to the allegations that Aondoakaa was shielding corrupt public officials from prosecution, he had been avoiding interfering in the trial of such people.

The elders specifically alleged that there were attempts to get Aondoakaa to intervene in the trial of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Bode George, but the AGF “consistently refused to interfere with the administration of justice.

“This is one of the factors that made Hon. Justice Olubunmi Oyewole to deliver the landmark judgment which will be hailed by Nigerians several centuries after he has answered the final call,” they added.


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