Corruption: Jonathan urged to probe Ribadu


A group, Grassroots Politicians of Nigeria (GPN), has slammed former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Nuhu Ribadu, describing him as “a character with irritating phenomenon.”
The group urged President Goodluck Jonathan to complete investigation of corruption against the former EFCC boss.
In a statement issued by the group’s National Chairman and Secretary, Onimim Quakers and John Fiwarigoma, respectively, it noted: “If we must fight corruption, then, there should be no sacred cow, otherwise, we are paying lip service and cannot make headway.
“Secondly, the President should direct that the list of all beneficiaries of oil block allocations should be published in the daily newspapers.
It stressed that “these people should not be growing rich and living ostentatious life for doing nothing, while majority of Nigerians are wallowing in and dying of poverty.
“We find the character of Nuhu Ribadu a very irritating phenomenon. It really does not matter to him if it is at the expense of Nigeria’s image or another person’s honour,” the statement read in part.
The group listed some of Ribadu’s contradictions as follows: “Ribadu vs Bola Ahmed Tinubu: While briefing the National Assembly on EFCC’s anti-corruption activities on September 27, 2006, Ribadu indicted Tinubu of corruption and described him as a looter of international dimension.
“But in September 2010, he told newsmen in Wuse area, Abuja, that he would not bother himself with the integrity profile of politicians sponsoring his election as the President of Nigeria.
“He shamelessly exonerated Tinubu, simply because Tinubu gave him the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential ticket and sponsored his campaign financially.
“Ribadu vs Atiku: Nuhu Ribadu forcefully defended EFCC’s purported indictment of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; who got into trouble with the then President Olusegun Obasanjo over his presidential ambition.
“Ribadu vs Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo: Ribadu follows the tide of wealth and authority.
“When Olusegun Obasanjo was in power Ribadu held him as the best, incorruptible and a power worthy of emulation.
“About two years ago, with Obasanjo no longer in power, Ribadu wrote a secret report to the American Ambassador in Nigeria, stating that Obasanjo was more corrupt than Abacha, only that he (Obasanjo) was very clever to cover his criminal activities.
“A few days ago, Ribadu took sides in the altercation between Obasanjo and Mrs. Farida Waziri, where he exonerated Obasanjo”.
“Ribadu vs Chief Bode George: Ribadu exposed a case of monumental fraud against Olabode George and his colleagues in the NPA Board.
“But in an interview he granted The NEWS  magazine in 2007 and reproduced by the Sunday Sun of November 8, 2009, Page 47, the same Nuhu Ribadu said: ‘Olabode George was never an executive officer of NPA. He was a part-time chairman”.



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