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 IDAHOSA STEPHEN on February 12, 2010 at 12:15am
Nigeria is a country were integrity dose not count for the office holder. This is true as regard's the comment and action of Andoaaka. Nigeria is a country were the rich would not want the children of the poor to be educated. All her concern's are greed selfishness and self-centerednesss. The country were leaders discuss money without development and the positive impaction for the youth. A country were they have reduce the intake into the higher institution, without considering the lives they will be frustrating. My prayer is for the evil leaders to be wipe out.
Comment by tede on February 12, 2010 at 12:15am
Mr Aondoakaa understands the constitution but continues to use the acronym FEC which is not in the constitution, and which a judge has ruled as an illegal assembly. Justice Minister? Frightening.
Comment by luke ugwu on February 12, 2010 at 12:12am
this man needs to be checked by the anti narcotics. he seems to be a drug adict.
Comment by Dennis F. on February 12, 2010 at 12:12am
Tell that man, he is ''woman wrapper'' . Be a man and defend your words and not recount. Be straight forward.‘let her go confront herself with what happened in NAFDAC’ was meant to be in the positive. It's a big lie there is nothing positive here. Let everyone learn from this, if you cannot stand to defend what you say at anytime then keep quiet. It's a shame for a man to recount his words when confronted.
Comment by ADEJUWON AYODEJI on February 12, 2010 at 12:04am
He is a disgrace to the legal profession.he must be booted out of this government
Comment by iwu iheanyichukwu david on February 12, 2010 at 12:01am
Nigeria isa very interesting country where integrity does not count. Andoaaka is behaving true to type-- a typical Nigerian. what is criminal in other countries is heroism in Nigeria. Haliburton is a good example among many. the USA links got imprisoned, the Nigerian links are enjoying their loot. this kills incentive for REAL GROWTHand the black race is about 30000years behind the white race in science and technolgy.
Comment by Woruka Emmanuel 'Simplicity' on February 12, 2010 at 12:00am
Naija needs our prayers.
Comment by Jim Omo Agege on February 11, 2010 at 11:57pm
The "demotion" of the former Attorney General Micheal Aondoakaa, Mr. No vacuum in the presidency should serve as a lesson to Nigerian dishonest elite class. Mr. President, please, sack all the FEC members they cant move the country forward. The revolution starts from here.
Comment by Olusola Jegede on February 11, 2010 at 11:55pm
Aondoakaa or whatever they call him is a coward; the kind that is not fit to be a leader in any serious organization talk-less of a nation. A man that can not stand by his word (positive or negative), a man who will sing several tunes within a short time. He is not fit for any leadership position in any progress-looking country or regime. I think he should be removed completely. Jonathan should not be afraid of what men will say, he should act like a man with a purpose.

Any attempt to keep the like of Aondoakaa or others of similar character in the government, they will surely sink his ship. We pray that the President will return in good health quickly, if he doesn't, Jonathan should please purge the whole FEC of rotten eggs. May God help you to move our great nation forward
Comment by Imeh Atang, Jnr. on February 11, 2010 at 11:47pm
Andoaaka should read the signs of the times. He should know that he has had his day. Let him bow out of the stage before he is finally demeaned to kiss the dust.

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