Ribadu brags again

By Levi Obijiofor

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Former chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Nuhu Ribadu has a fondness for overstating his anti-corruption track record. Ribadu likes to talk and behave like a man equipped with matchless powers and crime fighting skills that provide him with specialist knowledge of the solutions to the nation’s profuse problems. He has used public speaking engagements to showcase himself as a megastar, a former senior police officer without blemishes. Unfortunately, his antecedents do not quite uphold all the hyperbole.alt

On Tuesday last week (10 July 2012), Ribadu continued his self-righteous assessment of his abilities when he spoke about the sickening level of corruption that has emerged from the oil subsidy probe. At a public forum put together by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Ribadu told his audience in his characteristically conceited manner: “If I were to handle this subsidy thing, I will just go after the PPPRA, especially those who were at the helm when all these mess took place... In one week, I will bring out every single person who took one penny. I will not bother myself with anybody else; I will just get them because nobody would make a penny out of the subsidy regime without the direct complicity of the PPPRA.”

This was not the first time that Ribadu would brag in public about his superlative powers to end corruption in Nigeria. Two years ago, precisely on Monday, 13 September 2010, as a guest in Ibadan at the 80th birthday remembrance lecture in honour of Bola Ige, former Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ribadu talked about his frustration at the collapse of law and order, as well as growing public unease over mounting insecurity in the country. Thereafter, he astonished his audience when he said he would get rid of violent crimes in Nigeria with just 5,000 dedicated policemen and women. Ribadu told his listeners: “With 5,000 policemen ready to do the work, I can stop violent crimes. What we need is those who are ready to do the right thing, be honest and sincere.”

Ever since he was forcibly removed more than four years ago as the chair of the EFCC, Ribadu has refused to admit that there are Nigerians who are capable of waging the anti-corruption war more effectively than he did. In every public forum where he speaks, Ribadu has referred immodestly and pointlessly to himself as the quintessentially unblemished person to solve Nigeria’s endemic corruption. And this is what I find objectionable about Ribadu. Four years after he was removed as the EFCC boss, the man has refused to concede to anyone a higher ability to succeed where he failed woefully. This is a major character flaw of Ribadu.

Ribadu is currently the head of the Federal Government’s Special Petroleum Revenue Task Force. Ibrahim Lamorde is the chairperson of the EFCC. Ribadu does not regard it as egotistical when he said he could solve the oil subsidy scam in one week if he were to be given the job. Ironically, when he was in charge of the EFCC, Ribadu did not succeed in eliminating the corruption rodents and cockroaches that straddled and still sneak around the Nigerian landscape.

Those who listened to Ribadu last week were dumbfounded when the man turned around to contradict himself in the same breath. After saying he would unmask all the criminals involved in the oil subsidy scam in just a week, Ribadu also acknowledged the EFCC had capable officials who would do the job with the level-headedness that was required. His words: “I know that the EFCC is working very hard on the matter, and I believe they will not disappoint millions of Nigerians who are expecting a just and reasonable conclusion on the matter. They are working on it, and sometimes, this kind of work does take time so that it will be able to stand the test of prosecution...”

Ribadu also regaled his audience with the unbelievable news that when he was the head of the EFCC, he requested the London Metropolitan Police to investigate former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Keep in mind that Obasanjo was the man who appointed Ribadu to head the anti-corruption agency. This claim flies in the face of verifiable facts. To understand the truth or falsehood of Ribadu’s claim, we must unpack that baloney because, although Ribadu claimed he asked the Metropolitan Police to investigate Obasanjo, he did not tell his audience the outcomes of that investigation.

Ribadu must be reminded about what he allegedly divulged to the former US Ambassador to Nigeria in the leaked United States’ embassy cables published by Internet whistleblower WikiLeaks in September 2011. Just in case Ribadu has forgotten, let us revisit the WikiLeaks information, the veracity of which, by the way, was never contested or denied by Ribadu when it was published.

WikiLeaks reports published in the Punch and Vanguard editions of 5 September 2011 alleged that Ribadu told former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Robin Sanders, that corruption under Olusegun Obasanjo’s government was far worse than it was under the regime of Sani Abacha. WikiLeaks reported that Ribadu’s comments were made during a four-hour private meeting he had with Ms Sanders in late December 2007. A major item on the agenda of the meeting was Ribadu’s transfer from the EFCC to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) where he was expected to undergo further studies. There were other issues in the leaked cables that amounted to a breach of Nigeria’s national security.

It is beyond belief that Ribadu, who was appointed by Obasanjo as the chief anti-corruption crusader of the government, should secretly express negative concerns to a US diplomat, about the high level of corruption in a government in which he was also a senior official. This is betrayal of an astonishing kind. There is something devious about a senior official of a government agency who confides in a United States’ diplomat information about the level of corruption in the same government that he was sworn to serve.

During the years that Ribadu served Obasanjo, he repeatedly told the nation in public and private presentations that Obasanjo was immaculate and that the EFCC had no evidence of corruption against Obasanjo’s government. However, the secret cables leaked by WikiLeaks suggested that Ribadu harboured a different impression about Obasanjo. The key question that should help us to uncover Ribadu’s double face is: Why did ‘Ribadu the Saint’ tell the US diplomat what he was unable to tell Nigerians throughout the years he headed the EFCC? Why did Ribadu depict Obasanjo’s government as an administration teeming with corrupt officials when he told Nigerians that Obasanjo was spotless?

For many years, Ribadu strutted around national and international podiums where he entertained his foreign listeners with inflated accounts of the EFCC’s achievements when he chaired that organisation. During the time he led the agency, Ribadu presented himself as a celebrity, an upright man who did not tolerate corrupt practices by anyone in government or in business.

During Obasanjo’s tenure, which coincided with the greater period that Ribadu reigned as EFCC chairperson, Obasanjo repeatedly challenged all those who accused him of corruption to produce evidence to substantiate their allegation. Ribadu had inside knowledge of Obasanjo’s innocence or complicity but he failed to rise to Obasanjo’s challenge. He kept silent and misinformed the nation that Obasanjo and his senior officials were morally blameless. It is an act of spinelessness for Ribadu to disclose to the US diplomat what he did not have the courage to tell Nigerians.

The WikiLeaks revelations have since shredded Ribadu’s immaculate persona.

Some people have argued that Ribadu had no moral obligation to reveal to the public what he knew about corruption in Obasanjo’s government. I am not persuaded by that argument. If corruption was so prevalent in Obasanjo’s administration, as Ribadu reportedly told the US diplomat, why didn’t he take a dignified exit from that government, by resigning as the boss of the EFCC? How could any man campaign against corruption and yet sit with and serve corrupt officials in the government? Indeed, if Ribadu was unwavering in his anti-corruption crusade, he would not have remained loyal to a government he believed to be drenched in widespread corruption.

Through his own confidential discussion with the former US diplomat, we now know that Ribadu did not believe in his anti-corruption sermon because he understood his boss – Obasanjo -- to be a road marshal who drove a government of corrupt men and women.

Ribadu’s reputation as a forthright and principled anti-corruption watchdog has been tarnished by revelations about what he knew and how he failed to do anything to stop corruption at the highest levels of government. It is curious that Ribadu bottled up his knowledge of corruption in Obasanjo’s government while he presented himself as the inexorable anti-corruption sheriff of that government.

It is unthinkable that one man could talk so persistently and covertly about the high level of corruption in the government he served and yet fed consistent lies to a nation that perceived him as a role model.


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Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Agidimolaja posted on 07-20-2012, 05:32:43 AM
Was there a single person thatRibadu investigated and prosecutedwho was not guilty as charged?


Let haters of Ribadu answer me? So, what did he do wrong? He was given an assignment and he did the assignment, yet, people are still grumbling.
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Igboamaeze posted on 07-20-2012, 07:53:58 AM
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Same silly old worn out lines being recycled ad infinitum!

What some may have forgotten is that Levi was (probably, still is) a fan of Ribadu. It's a mark of maturity and discernment for him to know when to adjust his opinion of someone.

Ribadu is a social and political 419ner and trickster who acquires goodwill and public support by fraudulent means. Anyone who does not know the real Ribadu by now is DAFT.

And DENSE...
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-20-2012, 14:42:23 PM
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He ought to get approval from his political party first. If he did not,then something is wrong somewhere.


NUHU RIBADU IS A POLITICAL PROSTITUTE AND CHAMELLEON THAT LACKS ANY PRINCIPLE!!!

@ Egbon Agidi. Thanks for the reply. But, you are very much aware of the fact that Ribadu accepted a top post from the PDP and jonathan badluck, his political opponent, in the 2011 elections, without even contacting/informing the ACN, the party that honoured him by handing the presidential flag of the party to him on a platter of gold - without him sweating/labouring for it. Do you agree with me that this act not only shows that Nuhu Ribadu lacks integrity, but is as well an integrate and unmatured politician. By accepting that post without approval, he not only practically stabbed the leadership of ACN at the back, but as well ridiculed them and spat on the faces of millions of Nigerians that casted their votes for him.

If you could recollect, on the eve of the 2011 elections, I wrote a series titled "FREEDOM COALITION: $250M FUND TO ELECT MAJ. ABUBAKAR UMAR (RTD.) RIBADU AND AKUNYILI IN 2011 AND GET RID OF BABANGIDA, JONATHAN AND THE CABAL FOR GOOD! YES WE CAN!" available on nigeriansinamerica.com, where I argued in support of the candidacy of Ribadu(despite the fact that I had some reservation). But, my opinion about him changed completely after he accepted a post from jonathan badluck without the approval of his party. Ribadu embbarrassed his party and the leadership were compelled to come out and condemn him and his action - which is nothing but treachery/betrayal on his part! That really shows that Ribadu is a political prostitute without any moral obligation whatsoever. The incident was a good opportunity for us to unmask Ribadu and see the real Ribadu! It will be naive of us to assume that Ribadu is a toddler who is not aware of the implication of his action. Immediately after the elections, what I expected from Ribadu - if he is indeed a man of honour and matured politician - was to stay in ACN and help make the party stronger and better so that it could win the 2015 elections, and not jump ship immediately in order to accept a controversial oil subsidy post that millions of Nigerians protested against. If Ribadu wanted to serve Nigeria(as he claimed), there are just too many ways of doing that apart from an oil post. Ribadu allowed himself to be used by the PDP and jonathan badluck to manipulate Nigerians. He is not a kid and is very much aware of the implication of his dubious action. A worthy and honourable person will never do that.

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Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Anioma777 posted on 07-20-2012, 15:24:48 PM
Gosh is Ribadu still alive. I thought after the disgraceful way ACN used him as a smokescreen for the ill fated Presidential campaign he would have kept a low profile.

It is only in Nigeria that someone will see their family,friends or oga doing what is not right and turn a blind eye using the excuse that I have to say what my paymaster tells me. I still have mixed feelings about Ribadu, but when many past top politicians could not be brought to justice and coincidentally only few of the ones OBJ did not like or dared to challenge him he went after it kind of makes his tenure as EFCC boss somewhat tarnished. Granted Nigeria will test one's moral conscience to breaking point.

What next for Ribadu? I will give him one thing he is a survivor!!!!!
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Benjani posted on 07-21-2012, 04:54:18 AM
Just listen to all these damn ingrates! They are all singing same stale song, "Ribadu only fought Obasanjo's enemies".
The two most outstanding rogues Ribadu fought are former IG Tafa Balogun and James Ibori and they were no enemies of Obasanjo. If Ribadu went after Obasanjo's foes, it was because the foes embezzled public funds. Can any of you name one so called enemy that is clean? Most of you said Ibori was clean until the Met police in London open your eyes. Jonathan and Farida protected Ibori until the nemesis caught up with him in Dubai. Resources at Ribadu's disposal were very limited, he couldn't have prosecuted all rogues "foes" at once. You are all screaming corruption here, corruption there, corruption everywhere, it is killing Nigeria. And yet, you all have become a lynch mob trying to lynch a man who actually stood up and fought corruption. If every officer in the NPF fights corruption as did Ribadu did, well, go figure.
Keep your opprobrium to yourselves. From all sensible and grateful Nigerians, Ribadu deserves approbation for a job well done.
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Agidimolaja posted on 07-21-2012, 07:08:16 AM
When I first responded to Levi's article, I was a little disturbed when I heard Igboamaeze roared like wounded feline -Nonsense Nonsense Nonsense etc - he roared so loudly.


I wondered{in vain} as to whom he directed his loud roaring but I managed to keep quiet with the hope that if I posted a brief addition to the first posting the feline in human flesh may roar again and I may possibly know at who is he roaring. .


When I made an additional posting,although very briefly,I was not disappointed for the roaring instantlycame back and it was more louder at this time -same silly old worn out lines being recycled....etc- the roaring continued.


But I'm so surprised that a guy I used to look at as an intelligent person can descend so low to showcased a silly attitude like someone who graduated but was never educated.


Can someone pls help me tell this feline in human flesh that it is not enough to proclaim my posting.as nonsense by mere saying as readers would like him to back his sayings with credibleproofswhy what I wrote about Ribadu is nonsense.


I dislike people who areso quick to condemn without giving reasons for such condemnation just as Igboamaeze shamelessly did.


In another section ofhis loud roaring,the "mugu' again called Ribadu a 419. But as usual,he is yet to tell NVS readers how he arriveat that conclusionor what is the 419 that Ribadu is guilty of


On NVS,readersare in need of clarifications not just yelling and name callings.Readers would like to know how a writer or respondent arrived at a conclusion but not just roaring and name calling.


As usual,I maintained that Ribadu deserved credit not condemnation and Istated it time after time why I took that stand.


I hereby challenged Igboamaeze and his likes to tell us who among those that Ribadu prosecuted that was notguilty as charged. I again challenged Igboamaeze to tell us which polic3man in the history of Nigeria collided head-on with corruption and recovered such hugeamount of looted money like Ribadu.


Is prosecuting treasury looters and recovering looted money that Igboamaeze senselesslycalled 419?


If I may ask,were all the 31 Governors slated to be prosecute by Ribadu Obj's political enemy? So,why was Ribadu not allowed to prosecute them? Where are their missing files that up till today remained missing?


When it comes to Ribadu, certain unpatriotic Nigerians just don't know what they are talking about and are very insincere in the way they badmouthed a fine Police Officer like Ribadu, who was assigned a duty by his Commander-in-Chief and who did his duty as best as he could even with the limited resources at his disposal.


The unfortunate fate that Ribadu suffered may probably not allow any other EFCC to go as far as Ribadu went for fear of the possibility of sufferingthe same fate.
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Igboamaeze posted on 07-21-2012, 07:28:34 AM
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Bollocks. More stale tales
Utter bollocks...
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
O-Trice posted on 07-21-2012, 08:08:14 AM
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Bollocks. More stale tales
Utter bollocks...


Probably was at the receiving end of EFCC shackles through Ribadu. Only that can justify this amount of unnecessary angst towards the man without any justification.

Personally, I no send Ribadu but none of his successors have done any better and alarms bells are beginning to ring about this Igbomaeze character.

One day, the truth will be out on NVS
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Enyi posted on 07-21-2012, 08:34:57 AM
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Probably was at the receiving end of EFCC shackles through Ribadu. Only that can justify this amount of unnecessary angst towards the man without any justification.

Personally, I no send Ribadu but none of his successors have done any better and alarms bells are beginning to ring about this Igbomaeze character.

One day, the truth will be out on NVS


I do not think that we should personalize issues. Neither you nor I know Igboamaeze. He is entitled to his own opinion and sentiments. We may agree or disagree with him. With regards to Ribadu, he had his highs and lows as EFCC Chairman. This goes to show that he is after all human. On a personal note, I would have preferred if he had resigned rather than contradict himself on certain key issues. An example is the case of Bode George. Initially, Ribadu declared Bode corrupt and swore that he would not go unpunished. Towards the end of OBJ's era, Ribadu suddenly announced that he had no case against Bode. Now, after he left office, Farida used the case file prepared by Ribadu to prosecute and jail Bode. One probable conclusion from this episode is that he was under intense pressure to soft-pedal on Bode's case. But then, a gentleman's word is his bond. Some people may interpret his recantation as strategic withdrawal. It may be so. Whatever it is, it created a credibility gap for him. BTW, I do not buy the argument about selective justice. As I have said on several occasions, we cannot say that until all armed robbers are prosecuted, none should be. The silly defence many of these rogues gave was that their prosecution was a political vendetta. Does this exonerate them? I do not think so.
Re: Ribadu Brags Again
Igboamaeze posted on 07-21-2012, 09:07:46 AM
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Organic crap...!!
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