Aondoakaa, Edevbie and Nigerians

Last week, something curious happened. The Metropolitan Police in London invited Mr. David Edevbie, the president’s principal private secretary (PPS), to London to defend himself over allegations of money laundering. In every civilised country – and that, of course, includes the United

 Kingdom – every accused person is considered innocent until the court declares otherwise, and we know the UK has a reliable judicial system. By the way, it has been alleged that Edevbie holds a British passport. If indeed Edevbie believes he has a strong case and he has been wrongly accused, it is his duty to prove this and even eventually sue the Metropolitan Police if he wins.


And for someone who is, in fact, believed to be a British citizen himself, this should not be a problem. But it is embarrassing that it is the attorney-general of the federation who has been so unbelievably eager to defend Edevbie and others against such charges. It is even more so that the police and the courts in another country will be more interested in protecting Nigeria from those who loot her resources than the chief law officer of Nigeria itself. What a country! Only in Nigeria would you hear of such a shameless and disgraceful thing. So, why did they complain when Mrs. Hillary Clinton told the obvious truth about them recently?


I sometimes wonder why the president allows Aondoakaa – who has been pejoratively renamed “Dan Doka” and “I-don’t-care” by disgusted Nigerians – to continue to drag his name, his presidency and even the name of the country through the mire. “Dan Doka” is the only attorney-general in the world to have openly rejoiced when Nigeria lost a case sometime ago. It is very difficult to know how the brain of such a guy works. I wonder where he read his own law.


If the British police charge a Nigerian public officeholder to court, as they did last week, the most civilised thing for any attorney-general to do would be to help find out whether indeed the nation was looted. He is not expected to jump into the fray, hysterically shielding people from the law. What kind of attorney-general is this one?


And, one more thing: Why is he always psychoneurotic about Nuhu Ribadu? All the attorney-general was saying was that it was Nuhu Ribadu that goaded the British police without caring to find out whether there was substance to the charges or not. But if Aondoakaa is serious, let me throw a challenge. Now that Ribadu was courageous enough to come to Nigeria – he did so last week – when will Aondoakaa and his friend Edevbie show courage by going to London? Nigeria has obviously been taken over by all sorts!




Written by Sam Nda-Isaiah- LEADERSHIP