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Ribadu accepts appointment as chairman of Nigeria's Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force
| February 09, 2012
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate in the 2011 elections in Nigeria and former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has accepted the position of chairman of the Special Task Force on Petroleum Revenue that was offered to him by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke. Ribadu's acceptance of the position is contrary to the stand of his political party, the Action Congress of Nigeria, which criticised the appointment saying that the a minister should not have made the offer to a former presidential candidate and that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) only wants to use Ribadu’s appointment to rescue its damaged image.

The ACN also reiterated its stand against members of the party accepting appointments from the current Federal Government led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying, “As a political party, we wish to reiterate our position barring any member of our party from taking any appointment whatsoever from the PDP-led Federal Government. Any member of our party who takes such an appointment does so in his personal capacity."

"The party will continue to play its role in ensuring good governance and contributing to nation building through its regular constructive criticisms which, hitherto and unfortunately so, have fallen on deaf ears. For instance, on the vexed issue of removal of petroleum subsidy, it is on record that our party responded with patriotic and constructive suggestions during a meeting with the President in Abuja. At the end of that meeting, President Jonathan promised to further consult with us before taking any further step in respect of the matter."

“To our amazement, and true to the deceptive nature of this Administration, we all woke up on January 1st, 2012, to learn that the government has unilaterally removed subsidy from petrol. How then can we, in good conscience, work with such an Administration? How can we be sure that these slew of appointments are not being used by the Administration to shore up its sagging - or totally sagged - credibility? We believe that when a party as clueless and inept as the PDP finds itself incapable of solving the myriad of problems facing it, as it is currently the situation, the party should be humble and honest enough to accept its failure and cluelessness and openly seek help from the opposition parties."

“However, rushing to poach credible personalities from the opposition without first accepting that it is overwhelmed by the problems facing it smacks of underhand tactics aimed at decimating the opposition and also tarnishing the well-earned credibility of such personalities. After all, one can never be sure - going by the deceptive nature of the PDP - that the kind of appointment now being offered to Malam Ribadu is being made in good faith or just to get credible people to launder the government’s badly damaged image and credibility. There is also the possibility that booby-traps will be deliberately set for such credible personalities to guarantee their failure in their stated assignment, after which they will be ridiculed and dumped like an ordinary chump!”

However in a statement entitled: “When the Nation Calls", Ribadu mentioned that he had accepted the positionsaid: “I was greeted to numerous calls and mail yesterday when the administration announced my name as Chairman of the 21-man Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force. Given my recent political pedigree, many inquirers naturally wanted to understand what was happening, and whether it was true that I was consulted and whether I would accept the offer.

“The history of my life is a history of public service, and if we cast an honest look to the recent protests in the wake of the oil subsidy removal, it will be clear to all that the biggest single victory Nigerians scored was to put the question of corruption squarely back on the top of our national policy agenda. Regardless of our affiliations, our differences and our engagements, it is at least safe to say that we have a national consensus on the deadly impact of corruption on our march to greatness, and on the capacity of our people, particularly the youth, to earn a decent, promising, life.

“If we would effectively isolate and defeat this scourge, therefore, we must all see it as a preeminent national security threat. We must see it as a war within our borders, a war that has assumed a systemic and endemic character, but to which all must now urgently enlist with our different capacities, or accept to all go down with the ship."

“At this point in my life, it is also easy to answer the honest question if it is inappropriate to invest my modest talents and capabilities to my country what I have readily offered many foreign communities, from sister nations in Africa to far flung places like Afghanistan. This, if nothing, makes my decision very personal, freeing all affiliations [social and political] of complicity, but investing the decision also with the unique character that when people reach evaluations in favor of their larger communities, it doesn’t necessarily blemish their moral identity.

"This, therefore, is a national call. In answering it, I go back to the template of my own parents who taught me that honest public service is the greatest asset a person can offer his community. It was the same lesson I learnt from his biographical example when my own father returned home as a federal legislator in Lagos to take job as a local council official in Yola. It is all about the community, and it is sometimes bigger than our personal egos.”

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    February 11, 2012
When we forget or ignore history, we jeopadise the future. Let me recall a few out of many of Mr. Nuhu Ribadu's incredible past. First, he openly accused the late Mr. Adedibu while delivering a lecture at University of Ibadan. Before his death, Mr. Adedibu stated openly on television that Mr. Ribadu had secretly apologised to him. No one refused Mr. Adelabu's claim. Conclusion: Mr. Ribadu created an unnecessary and unethical sensationalism to get public applause.

(2) When the former World Bank president was accused of favouring his girl friend and he was to be sacked, Mr. Ribadu stated that the man should be forgiven because he (the president) had given a grant to EFCC to take off and had employed an African. The African was not the affected girl friend. The grant was not the offence. Conclusion: he could be swayed by pecuniary or political interests.

(3) When he was removed from the EFCC chair and later dismissed from The Nigerian Police, he went on self-exile. He did not return to Nigeria until he was smuggled in and out by Lagos-based political groups. He was later to express his appreciation after being selected as a party flag bearer. We may ask whether he forgot his family's dictum on call to national service when he went on exile. We may ask why he romanced with the opposition while his travail lasted. Today, he has a different inclination. Conclusion: he is "consistently inconsistent".

(4) There is an agency called NEITI (Nigeria Extrative Industry Transparent Initiative) already charged constitutionally to carry out the duties assigned to the Committee to be chaired by him. As a former police officer, a lawyer and a graduate of Nigeria's Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, did he note that the Committee was an illegal and unconstitutional group? Where and how was the funding of the Committee appropriated in the 2012 budget? How has his training in law been of assistance? Conclusion: his participation is for personal interest rather than national service.

I can go on listing them save for time. Nevertheless, I wish him all the best in this and future engagements. God save Nigeria.
akinade abass dele    ibadan, nigeria    February 09, 2012
great people with good integrity and moral want to serve all time, but i suggest not in the midst of pdp cabal.remenber the case of bola ige
Ehigie Asemota    Benin City, Nigeria    February 09, 2012
Nuhu Ribadu has bills to pay. He was on his way to obscurity after his foray into national politics. Let us be clear here, NR loved the limelight and he cannot understand how his fans abroad can forget him so soon.
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