By Kingsley Omonobi, Tordue Salem & Laide Akinboade
ABUJA —INDICATIONS emerged, yesterday, that former Attorney General and Minister of Justice and current Special Duties Minister, Michael Aondoakaa, has apologized to Information and Communications Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili over a statement he allegedly made that “Akunyili …. go confront herself with what happened in NAFDAC.” Following the alleged statement, the Information minister had issued Aondoakaa a seven-day ultimatum to clarify the statement or be dragged to court.

However, Aondoakaa, who was redeployed from Justice ministry, Wednesday, was quoted, in a letter dated 9 February, 2010, as refering to Akunyili as ‘My Dear Sister’, and noting that he was only praising the performance of the Information minister during her time at the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, where she served as Director General.

Aondoakaa said in the letter: “While much of quoted words can be rightly ascribed to me, the import of the last sentence to the effect that ‘let her go confront herself with what happened in NAFDAC’ was meant to be in the positive. The correct import of the above quoted words is that the Hon. Minister had already earned a reputation for herself while at NAFDAC and need not seek to do more by embarking on the present course of action to the detriment of a resolution already adopted unanimously by members of the FEC.”

The former Attorney General had also allegedly described Prof. Akunyili as “a self-seeking office holder who wants to make herself a cheap heroin.” He had said: “Well, first, she did not understand the constitution and she is not following events in the country. I think she was just trying to make herself a cheap heroin out of that. If you see what the Senate said, the Senate made an appeal. She does not need the FEC to make an appeal; she can also make her appeal.

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Comment by Wazobia on February 12, 2010 at 4:49am
Anaconda - You are a disgrace to Nigeria. You deserved to be flogged. I hope Dora does not accept your apology.
Comment by shorunke timothy on February 12, 2010 at 3:59am
The matter should allow to die a natural death it should not be overfloged
Afterall the duo are servant of the same master
We should all remember the Yoruba proverb "Ija lode lorin di owe"
i.e na fight start before common song become abuse
Comment by oyewusi akinyode abidemi on February 12, 2010 at 1:32am
This man issue is not relevant at least for now.......let's think how to make nigeria better nation.
Comment by Peters, Ubonabasi Jimmy on February 12, 2010 at 1:18am
andoaka should leave above board, like caeser's wife he ought not be suspected. however he has shown a great deal of leadership by apologising to akunyli.
Comment by Gboluwaga Abimbola on February 12, 2010 at 1:17am
Aondoakaa is history. He just needs to resign and go back to his village.
Comment by SOLOMON TULE on February 12, 2010 at 1:04am
Mmmmmm,Aondoakaa,please do the right thing-RESIGN.
Comment by Paul I. Adujie on February 12, 2010 at 1:04am
This is an arguably savvy move on the part of Mr. Michael Aondoakaa.

Hopefully, Professor Dora Akunyili is magnanimous and forgiving of Mr.Aondoakaa's infractions.

Michael Aondoakaa Former AGF Should Be Investigated And Tried
http://adujie. wordpress. com/2010/ 02/11/michael- aondoakaa- former-agf- should-be- investigated- and-tried/

Why is there no public outcry and uproar in Nigeria in reaction to this Al Jazeera video? Is this the “new” normal in Nigeria? Why is no one taking Mr. Michael Aondoakaa the former AGF and Minister for Justice to tasks? Why is the Police Affairs Minister, and the Inspector General of Police silent about this video?This is quite similar to the Apo Six murders in Abuja, and other extra judicial murders which have occurred in recent times, and nationwide in Nigeria
Comment by Amana Innocent Frank on February 12, 2010 at 12:47am
Are you guys surprised about Aondoakaa; the man was a local lawyer with chambers in Gboko LGA of Benue state not even in Makurdi the state capital of Benue. He was just imposed on the country by those who felt EFCC was after them during Ribadu. That was the reason he was anti Ribadu and they made sure he was removed from office.

God help Nigeria.
Comment by Iyoyo Tamunofiri on February 12, 2010 at 12:23am
How much more stupid can a man be? Does "confronting" something look positive to him. Where did they get all these rif-rafs from; so called lawyer who doesn't know the context to use certain words. Minister of Special duties is a hallowed position for him, I think he should go back to kindergarten. If he understands the constitution which is supposed to be supportive of democracy, why didn't he interpret it to suit the people so he could become a patriotic hero, DAMN SYCOPHANT!!. If Actg Pres Jonathan knows what is good for him, he should flush out the entire kitchen cabinet abi garage cabinet before they ruin him.
Comment by OBICHERE JUDE CHINEDU on February 12, 2010 at 12:17am
Mike aondoakaa while not respect yourself and resign, what king of shameless face would you be using to confront President Jonathan you have been kicking against realising his legal right everyday at the FEC meetings. Don't allow love of power and money to rubbish your profession like an unprincipled men. The likes of you travel all over civilized worlds of the earth and come back to Africa repeating the mistakes of your last five of your generations, no atom of refinment and positive cultural transformations even as a lawyer.

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