It is no longer news that the former chairman of the then vibrant Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Though many people, possibly those that continue to pretend that Nigerian politicians are different from chameleons, appear shocked at Ribadu’s decision, I wish to reiterate that this man is no different from the rest of them.
As the head of the EFCC, Mallam Ribadu was praised by millions of Nigerians for fighting gallantly to frustrate the antics of those hell-bent on ruining Nigeria by engaging in conscienceless looting of our national wealth. So popular was Ribadu then that many developed nations including the United States, the United Kingdom and many more heaped encomiums on him. He enjoined the limelight so much, to the frustration of the ruling People’s Democratic Party under the late president Umaru Yar’Adua.
When his exploits became unbearable to the powers that be, he was unceremoniously booted out of the EFCC which resulted in his fleeing the country after claiming unjust victimization. Nuhu Ribadu enjoyed the support of many Nigerians who saw his predicament as being orchestrated by the ruling PDP over his alleged over-zealousness in exposing some of the party’s criminally unclean members.
Ribadu was later to be given a soft landing by President Goodluck Jonathan which resulted in his rank of an Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police being restored-and his dismissal from the police reverted to retirement with full benefits. He joined the opposition ACN (now APC), and made headlines lambasting the PDP as the most corrupt party in the world.
In May, 2011, as a presidential candidate of the ACN, AIG (rtd) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has this rather too unkind words to say of his now new-found love, the People’s Democratic Party;
“No, we are seeing what is happening in our country; this is a rich country. Twelve years, do you know how much we generated as a country? We earned more than $400 billion; that money is enough to change Nigeria, that money is wasted, that money is with PDP, they messed it up. This is a country that in twelve years they brought bombs to us, they brought kidnapping to us. We didn’t know all those things. You cannot say twelve years is too small for you to work, that is totally unfair,”
Suddenly, Mr. Ribadu has defected to the same PDP which he denigrated with so much glee and passion a few years ago! I feel sorry for those of us that still cling helplessly on to the rather too illusive belief that our politicians are fighting for the masses. Ribadu, like most of them are just men and women of low moral fiber who are pathologically interested in feathering their nests; a group of mammals whose major preoccupation is how to sustain their vicious parasitic attachment to our national wealth.
Just before Mallam Nuhu Ribadu fell in love with the PDP after being promised the executive seat of his home state Adamawa, he had just a few words more for same PDP..hear him;
“Those who are in charge of us messed it up, destroyed our possibility and chance for us to build a country that all of us will be proud of.. Nigerians want electricity, Nigerians want good health care delivery and at the same time good schools.Those are the basic things we are talking about. If we are unable to provide those things through the peaceful process, then you cannot rule out the possibility of what is happening in the Middle East happening here”.
For clarity sake, Mr Ribadu used the opportunity of the formal launch of a book titled: “Half a Century of Progress and Challenges” edited by THISDAY Deputy Editor, Miss Constance Ikokwu, in Abuja in May, 2011, to aggressively vilify the Peoples Democratic Party. About three and half years later, same Nuhu Ribadu abandoned his dislike for same party he accused of squandering a golden opportunity to turn our nation around-for the better.
Please, cry not for the likes of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, cry for Nigeria, weep uncontrollably for our larger society, weep and weep and weep for our country…a country that is fast becoming notorious for churning out politicians without any nationalistic ideology. My people, weep! You must all all wail!! This should be a time for national mourning. When a person like Nuhu Ribadu who enjoyed so much support from the long-suffering masses of our country decides to sell his “conviction” for a plate of pepper-soup, wahala dey for we country!
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