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Presidency responds to Nuhu Ribadu's comments that Nigeria, under President Goodluck Jonathan, is a sinking ship
| June 11, 2013
At a recent lecture in Kaduna, Nuhu Ribadu, the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said that Nigeria, under President Goodluck Jonathan, is a sinking ship where the needs of the masses are being neglected by a tyrannical leadership. His comments touched a nerve at the Presidency and in a response the special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, accussed Ribadu of political prostitution and hypocrisy. The statement from the special Adviser said, “The Presidency totally rejects the false, hypocritical and self-serving claim by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu at a lecture in Kaduna on Saturday that Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan is a “sinking ship” in which the yearnings of the masses are being neglected by a tyrannical leadership. “We find it very sad and utterly deplorable that Nuhu Ribadu has resorted to shameless wolf-crying, the peddling of arrant falsehood and the denigration of the elected government of his fatherland in furtherance of his selfish quest for continued national political relevance after his wholesale rejection by Nigerian voters in 2011. “It is very unfortunate indeed that the once highly respected former EFCC Chairman has now taken to political prostitution and developed a penchant for irresponsible and reckless utterances aimed at improving the electoral fortunes of his new friends and “leader”, who he once famously denounced as ‘not fit to hold public office’. “There can be no doubt that nothing else but blind ambition for an office for which he is clearly unfit is driving Ribadu to infer that an administration led by a President who welcomed him back to the country after his self-imposed exile, restored his rank in the Nigeria Police to save him from the shame of demotion and converted his dismissal from service to retirement has now become tyrannical and anti-people. We take special note of his ingratitude." “If Nuhu Ribadu wants to talk of tyranny then he should talk of the days when he orchestrated the impeachment of governors with an illegitimate quorum of legislators who had been threatened by the EFCC under his watch. It beats the imagination that Nuhu Ribadu, a man who once presided over an EFCC which in 2007 compiled a list of disqualified politicians aspiring for office without a court order or legal backing now has the guts to accuse the man under whom Nigeria has had the most credible elections in this Fourth Republic of being the leader of a sinking ship. Can there be a greater tyranny than the tyranny of removing governors via undemocratic means and barring legally entitled persons from contesting elections? “Nothing else but misguided ambition could have driven Ribadu to urge Nigerian youths to rise up and save the country from an administration which he willingly served recently, but which he now duplicitously and insincerely claims is “imposing private interests on the majority. “It is certainly the height of hypocrisy for Ribadu who built his entire reputation as an anti-corruption crusader by completely disregarding the rule of law and recklessly trampling on the rights of perceived enemies of the government of the day, to now accuse an administration that has consistently upheld the rule of law and respect for fundamental human rights of being tyrannical. “It is only a shameless man that will turn around and accept to be the political lackey of a man he once openly accused of corruption at various times between 2004 and 2007. Now that he has been used and abused by the undemocratic overlords that reign over the ACN and fearing that he may soon be dumped now that that vehicle is about to be subsumed into the so called All Progressives Congress, Ribadu is desperately seeking fresh relevance. “Ribadu’s descent into a moral abyss since leaving the exalted office of EFCC Chairman, his equally ethically-challenged new friends and his willingness to vituperate against any person or institution he perceives as a challenge to the fulfillment of his unattainable ambitions, have clearly exposed him for what he truly is – a thoroughly unprincipled attention-seeker whose entire career in the public service was built on bootlicking and doing the bidding of the powers of the day without a care for legality which should have been his primary concern as an officer of the law. “President Jonathan and his Administration will not be distracted from the diligent implementation of the agenda for national transformation by the falsehoods and vituperations of Ribadu and his new friends. “Far from being tyrannical as Ribadu falsely alleged in Kaduna, President Jonathan will, as he has consistently done since assuming office, continue to strengthen institutions of democratic governance in Nigeria, uphold the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians including the youth, and protect their right to elect leaders in free, fair and credible elections,” the statement concluded.

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scorpion yusuff sakiru ayobami    oyo, nigeria    June 27, 2013
mr abati,you shouldn't have gone too far, remember that we are all Nigerians and we have freedom of speech accepted, try to talk to your boss, masses are suffering at the local level, they should do things accordingly, and remember that they are going to be judge by all mighty Allah in the day of judgement.

mr abbati should remember that the office isn't meant for live their going to leave one day. god we save us from our corruptible leaders. somebody stole gov.. handset sentenced by the judge and another one stole billions of naira without sentenced where are we going that is injustice
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    June 23, 2013
Mr. Abati might have over-reacted to Mr. Ribadu's inflamatory statement. There was no need for a political office holder in government to go that far. But all that Mr. Abati stated of Mr. Ribadu were facts not mere imaginations. Mr. Ribadu lacked the credibility to point any accusing fingers. We are still leaving with his double standard style of the war against corruption as EFCC chairman.

Trillions were spent on roads, power, etc without any result between 1999 and 2007. Many Nigerians wanted those involved prosecuted but never to be because Mr. Ribadu was insincere and unpatriotic in the anti-graft war. God save Nigeria.
"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, USA    June 13, 2013
I don't care whatever anyone thinks, Nigeria under Jonathan is a sinking ship. If you don’t like that, then “go and knack your head for stone and quench”. The only thing Jonathan does is offer appeasing verbal solutions to conditions or problems but really does nothing about them. Jonathan is a bamboozler.

Look at Abati, the sycophant, sounding so wounded and acting like a courtier fawning on a king. Of course Abati is enjoying free money since he is now a building a house in Aja/Lekki area which you could not afford before. Abati has joined the Looters' Club of Nigeria and cannot be trusted to be as objective as he used to be; he is a fawner.

Ribadu just used the word 'tyranny' to describe Jonathan. Even if such word is not true to describe Jonathan, why subject Ribadu to such a barrage of abuse in response and defense? Mr. Abati, remember you only have a position today and it's not permanent. Don't put all your eggs in Mr. Jonathan's basket. You and Jonathan will be gone come 2015 because Jonathan will never be re-elected.

Jonathan will not even win his party's primary unless he "buys" it by dolling out a lot of stolen money to sycophants in the party. There has to be a lot of "mago-mago" within PDP for Jonathan to win the primary. Remember I told you so.

Mr. Abati, your response is arrogantly senseless. You sound as if you are God proclaiming what you don't know. And what you don’t know can hurt you so bad. Ibori can attest to that; never run roughshod on anyone. Even Jonathan never expected himself to be President of Nigeria but ugly fate made him so. How dare you, Abati, rule out Ribadu’s political success in the future? The fact that he contested before and didn’t win does not mean he can’t win at another time in the future. Abati, “you no be God-u eh.”

Now you call Ribadu a political prostitute, a hypocrite, a shameless man, an unprincipled attention-seeker with unattainable ambitions. Unattainable? Haba! Are you God? Abati, what’s wrong with you; are you mentally deranged because of money? You are just an adviser not a judge, so cool it now. Defend but don’t abuse, ok? Nna mba!

Stop that political posturing of yours, man! You are the one vituperating, Abati; and stop that crap. You seem to have your own axe to grind with Ribadu. Don’t be a moron.

Your response could have and should have been limited to the last two paragraph of this article without such ad hominem attack on the person of Mr. Ribadu. You went far and beyond your job as a special adviser. Or are you a special abuser? Your name is really Abati taking people to the Abattoir – ha-ha, LOL.
Usman    Port Harcourt, Nigeria    June 12, 2013
@obj houston. I dont like commenting on politics. Ur comment seem sincere but evince some level of ignorance. Have u gone thru the half tenure report of Mr President? What is in the report is what all can testify to. Before his administration what effort was made to improve electricity?

And what is the status now (In two years we have more than doubled our power productions, which is still steadily increasing). What about our decrepit rail system? Have u seen the current status, and do u see the significance of such? What effort has been made before now to diversify our economy into agriculture? Have u seen the recent contribution of agric to our GDP?

The fact is that there is a steady improvement and a solid groundwork for development is underway by this administration. If at all the ship seem to be sinking, it is in the eyes of those who are against change, and they are the perpetrators. I am sure you do not expect Mr president to be a magician.

True, the effect might not be generally felt for now, but you always have to plant, cultivate and nuture a perennial crop, and then wait for it to bear fruits. So also is a sustainable business.
OBJ    Houston, Texas, USA    June 12, 2013
I love dialogue, but with all due respect Mr. Usman; it will serve you better to concentrate on what you are familiar with. Leave political comments to those who understand what role a good government plays in a nation. I can see through you and your turtle vision, and understand Mr. Goodluck is from your neighbourhood. It should not preclude you from criticizing him for his poor leadership.

Mr. Ribadu is a private concerned citizen, and has every right to criticize his president as he sees fit. By the way, he was spot on. In addition, a good leader and his cabinet fight criticism by addressing all the issues of concern to the citizens and not verbal attack. Name one issue that Mr. Ribadu or I raised that is not consistent with the opinion of most Nigerians who are not from your neighbourhood.

Mr. Usman, what you claimed the Goodluck administration did in two plus years is obviously ultra-insignificance as no Nigerian noticed or felt the impact of it. While a thriving agriculture is needed, it should not be considered outstanding achievement of a federal government. What a good government does is make resources available to large scale farmers and let the private sector develop the food supply chain. Likewise the federal government should actively and aggressively address all the issues that I previously wrote. Attacking a citizen for his justified comment is bush.

May God save Nigeria from poor leadership?
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