Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force A Patriotic Call, Nuhu Ribadu Explains

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nuhu Ribadu, best known as the pioneer and most successful chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says that the necessity of national service, especially to defeat corruption, made him say yes to the appointment.

 

“If we would effectively isolate and defeat this scourge therefore, we must all see it as a preeminent national security threat,” he said in a statement issued today. “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.”

He said he does not think it is inappropriate to invest the same “modest talents and capabilities” in Nigeria that he has 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 favour of their larger communities, it doesn’t necessarily blemish their moral identity,” he said.  

The former ACN presidential candidate said: “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.”

Earlier today, the ACN, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Lai Mohammed, said Mr. Ribadu would be accepting the appointment in his personal capacity.

[Full text of the statement]:

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 favour 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.

Nuhu Ribadu Esq.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
 

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Though a dangerous path, but a rewarding service.

I salute the patriotic zeal of my bros, but so scared of PDP tactics of throwing juicy polical bait to ensnare percieved future contender. Late chief Bola Ige would have had preference for other options before him, rather than accepting his ministerial appointment fom Obasanjo led PDP government, against the wish of his friends. Chief Olu Onagoruwa will always remember late chief Gani Fawehinmi's advice against his ministerial offer. Notwithstanding, Egbon Ribadu may have all it takes to weather PDP storm, and may God see him through this shadow of death.

Go for it and show we can all

Go for it and show we can all serve together for the good of the Country despite our political differences. I am crying for my beloved Country because I know we are capable of being the best in Africa if not among the best in the World but for corruption that has eaten deep the veins of Nigerians. We have people in various high places in developed Countries contributing to the development of their based Countries, why then is ours difficult. A man at 41 should be a grandfather by now, so Nigeria please grow. May the Lord keep you.

jonathan appoints nuhu ribadu

am not surprise nigeria politicians lack ideology beside they anc leaders took enough cash from pdp/gej to subvert the last election,huhu the master pretender,how much did you collect for us during obj evil 8 years?where is the money?you ran to use and safely bank all your loot and that of your masters gej,tunbu and others inclusive,you are a huge shame to this generation,

someone must do the job

there is a big mess in the petroleum ministry. we all are dismayed about this, is it not wise to have someone with courage and pedigree connected to cleaning and bringing sanity to a system even if he is not perfect or would we rather let the mess heap and overwhelm us? someone must do the job and he does not look like the wrong man for the job.

BACK TO U

@KENETH (OR IS IT KENNETH?): The whole irony sure as hell was lost on you hence your lustful and ignorant retort to what was written with my tongu in my cheek.You babbled and glossed over too many issues that I would want to let you wallow in your own paternalistic ignorance.

IN UR FACE, DERI!!!

I AM SURE THAT DERI, THE KING AND SOLE OWNER OF THE OIL, IS NOT PLEASED WITH THIS APPOINTMENT.NOTICE THE SILENCE. THE KID MUST BE SO ANGRY THAT SPIT IS FLYING FROM HIS MOUTH IN EVERY DIRECTION.AFTERALL, THE OIL BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE NIGER DELTA AND WE(THE REST OF US) ONLY SHOW UP AT THE TABLE AFTER THE COOKING IS DONE(I AM PARAPHRASING ONE OF DERI'S ANGRY RETORTS DIRECTED AT MY PERSON. IT WAS ONE OF HIS WORST UNGUARDED MOMENTS). FOR ALL I CARE,DERI, YOU CAN EITHER KEEP FOAMING IN THE MOUTH THAT WE JOIN IN THE EATING OR YOU CAN KISS MY GLORIOUS BEHIND.

Patriotic call, indeed. And

Patriotic call, indeed. And the money is good too. Go for it, Nuhu. The only honest man left. Serves Tinubu right. If possible, problem him too. Problem Jonathan as well, when you lose the job, another job is waiting - probing the salary of government officials, including yours.

Nuhu's Intentions

Can Nuhu be thinking that he is on a crusade to salvage nigeria from corruption again as he did whilst he led EFCC? or is the righteous one Nuhu wanting to finish unfinished business of chopping this time round. The sadness about Nuhu is the sorry tale of 99.9% of nigerians and SR commentators, you all have been systematic, morally corrupted to the core. Nuhu, please stop fooling the idealistic fools, this appointment is a simple game of position your ego for power and politics, your ambition to get to the top means you will sleep with the devil and look the other way as suits. Nothing but 40 years of authoritarian, benevolent dictatorship that will purge the system of corruption will save nigeria, not even your mindless prayers, if not let all nigerians commit seppuku.

This Kind Pride

this is the best comment. somebody is thinking.

Reason Nigerians are governed by retards.

The reason why Nigerians are governed by retards not even mediocre(s) can be seen in some of the comments here. You have a ruler who wakes up in the morning and decides that the price of fuel should be =N=141.00. His minister, Allison Madueke appoints within a space of three weeks four committees - One headed by Udo Udoma, one by Nuhu Ribadu, another by Dotun Sulaiman and then a new one by Kalu I. Kalu. All for the same industry!
Meanwhile there is a congressional hearing going on that reveals the sham in the same industry. I am not fooled. Most of those appointed are players in the same industry.
I wonder what kind of intelligence is required to govern a Nigerian?

Right Decision NUHU

You have taken the best decision that has given hope to many of us and myself inclusive. This is an indication of hope. Another key decision left is who you trust and associate with in the course of this function as there is a staged agenda and we are all praying that your weakness would not be harnessed by the facilitator of this agenda. Kindly note that you are one of the few bold, learned and honest man standing. Go for it and fulfill the expectation of Nigerians. If you smell rat, please disengage so that our hope will still be kept alive!

Appointment of Ribadu

So, eventually Tinubu,a latent oil magnate,is gradually parting way from his political associate,Nuhu;behold,the Progressives indeed.

NUHU RIBADU; A SOMALIAN ??

The Boko Haram Atrocities are beginning to bear fruit for the Hausa/Fulani Separatists, with the appointment of Nuhu Ribadu into the oil sector. Nuhu Ribadu, who looks like a SOMALIAN, has no business in the oil industry. GEJ, must not cave in to the pressure, being mounted by the Hausa/Fulani Rebels, for the days of "Nigeria", is numbered.

THIS KIND PRIDE

This kind of pride we are exhibiting in our comments is what is killing this country. People attain a little height in life and they feel they are above somethings. NR is a humble man who is not proud, but some of us in our comments will even make this country worse when given the opportunity becos of pride

Hon. Nuhu

You remain one Nigerian with uncommon courage. It takes a lot of courage to work with this govt. not with what they have done to you in the recent past.However, it will be pathetic if at the end of this you come out of it tainted. Oh! our great NR,you had better relocate to Afghanistan. In all, i wish you all the [good]?-lucks you will definitely need to do this job without a blemish.

Fuel Subsidies

May I suggest a story which gets to the heart of the corruption in African countries and the IMF and Nigeria in particular. In this one story we have all the usual suspects including the IMF's Christine Lagarde, "UN Consultant" Jeffery Sachs, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerian Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi. Here's the link to the article posted on Russian Television site.
http://rt.com/news/oil-subsidy-nigeria-imf-955/
Thanks

has PDP gov't change its spots; corruptio whic ravagin d polity?

...hmm, Nuhu Ribadu of ACN as P. F. Special Task Force Chairman in PDP's Gov't led by President GEJ. *PDP wed's ACN - This is another fact/point for those that were told & think that there is no deal or political marriage between PDP & ACN. *They said Ribadu is the most successful Chairman of EFCC (some said, the toothless Bulldog that could only bark, but not bite) or only go after those that disobey the Real CABALS/X-LAWS in Nigeria. By the way, how much did the EFCC under "the most successful Chairman" Nuhu recovered? Where are the said recovered millions of dollars stoled from Nigeria's Treasury? Who handle the above? Nuhu Ribadu, Good Luck to you.

nice one

When we as a people start putting the interest of the nation before ours that is when the result will start coming out. Mal Nuhu am very proud of ur decision,I pray ur contribution to dis task force will go a long way in affecting the poor in our very society. Congrat sir.

NUHU RIBADU'S APPOINTMENT

Any body should be allow to take any appointment at the dictate of his or her conscience not at the dictate of any political or social affliations.
Ribadu should be left alone to serve his father land at any capacity.ACN should leave alone and face all their Governors for performance.
Itis high time we join hands together to move Nigeria forward,this country is bigger than any body or political party.
HE HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING WRONG.RIBADU CARRY ON YOUR GOOD WORK.

Nuhu Ribadu , a very sane Nigerian

Nuhu, thanks for accepting a national service once again . If you knew any political terrian at all ,it was the PDP terrain .
The Tinubu lead ACN is a fruad just as he himself is , everything about him from head to toe is fruad , name , state of origin , certificates etc .And he thinks he is Awolowos offset . Was awolowo also a saint?No . he only had a bit of a conscience while he covertly enriched himself in a guise of a vegetarian principle .
I wish you Gods guidiance as you discharge your duties .
The instruction to you is this .
Make sure the cash realised from the subsidy removal is used to get infrastructures for the masses that fought and paid for it .Negotiate directly with white men and supervise them yourself, be transparent and publish accounts monthly on an website for transparency, infact see this opportunity as your campaign for the next dispensation .lastly Trust No one .

Another REUBEN ABATISTIC

Another REUBEN ABATISTIC acceptance of appointment from a corrupt government? In this moment of a massive call for a national conference on
the future of Nigeria, I wonder what this "so-called honest man" is doing with this government's appointment.

RIBADU: SELFLESS SERVICE

I commend Nuhu Ribadu for accepting the offer to serve as the Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Special Tax Force. Forget about what some people think or say of it, a man who has the love of his country would even accept to die if that would bring peace to his people,so there is no question about whether the job is too low for him. We have invariably pointed accusing finger at the NNPC as the seat of corruption in Nigeria, and if we want it stop then we need a man with an iron hand to enter that place and weed it. I want to believe that Ribadu's antecedent has qualified him for that. Rather than casting aspersion on him we should thank God for his rare life and pray to the Almighty God to assist him in this great task. He will succeed in Jesus name. Amen

RE- Congrats, Nuhu Ribadu

WEll said, Dare Taiwo. How on earth can a political party abondoned his Presidential Candidate and voted for one Mr Nice Man. A vote for him is a vote for PDP. Nuhu has an independent mind and can act on his own volition moreso thar this is a National assignment. Note for Prof. Jega to accept INEC Chairmanship meant he too read beyond his nose and party affliations. We are all crying against corruption in the oil sector, Nuhu's appointment is a square peg in a square hole. This is one appointment that I will see as good from GEJ.

What on earth is the legal

What on earth is the legal status of the task force? If GEJ is serious, why not appoint the man as head of EFCC which has the legal and structural framework to fight crime and corruption(Petroluem sector inclusive). Why is it very easy for our leaders to always hoodwink us into thinking that something is being done when in actual fact, they are setting the stage for failure. With the benefit of hindsight, do not be surprised when Ribadu & co, in their usual naivety, starts to treat us to TV shows in the next few weeks only to lead us to more of the same eventually. While l wish him well, l don't have very high expectations

D INTEREST OF NIGERIA SHOULD

D INTEREST OF NIGERIA SHOULD TRANSEND ANY INTEREST IN OUR DAILY LIFE CONGRATS UNCLE RIBADU FOR ACCEPTING D OFFER.D ISSUE IS NOT OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY BUT D ISSUE DAT TOUCHES NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS.CONGRATS MR PRESIDENT FOR LOOKING BEYOND UR PARTY ALONE,GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

RIBADU AND THAT CHAIRMANSHIP

I think if this committee is start from today to protect the transactions in oil sector it is a good one for Ribadu to accept the appointment especially with people like Olisa Agbakoba in the same committee.If however the committee is to look back at all the transactions that have taken place before now and bring to the fore those who would be found culpable then the acceptance by Mallam Ribadu will mean a toga of legitimacy for impropriety as Deziani do not have the moral right as she is inevitably complicit in the subsidy racketeering that have been bane of that ministry.

RIBADU AND THAT CHAIRMANSHIP

I think if this committee is start from today to protect the transactions in oil sector it is a good one for Ribadu to accept the appointment especially with people like Olisa Agbakoba in the same committee.If however the committee is to look back at all the transactions that have taken place before now and bring to the fore those who would be found culpable then the acceptance by Mallam Ribadu will mean a toga of legitimacy for impropriety as Deziani do not have the moral right as she is inevitably complicit in the subsidy racketeering that have been bane of that ministry.

DONT COMPARE NIGERIA WITH ISRAEL

RIBADU BELONGS TO THE FUTURE LEADERSHIP OF NIGERIA I HOPE JONATHAN WILL NOT RUBBISH YOU THE WAY OBASANJO RUBBISHED AND LATER DESTROYED BOLA IGE

a call to serve.

i have just but one word to qualify the recent call on nuhu rabadu to serve, as one singular ray of hope in regards to the hopelessness of the gej administration. welcome onboard, mallam, and may the good Lord guide you.

call to end corruuption

If this call to service will see an end to misappropriation and mismanagement of oil revenue, i think it will be in best interest of our Nation. But if it will end up as used and dumped scenerio of PDP ruling party drop Nuhu as EFCC 2007 and Later ACN betray him as their Presidential aspirant 2011, it will spell doom for the nation. I believe time will tell if this is greek gift or sincere call to service from Ruling Party. If we can get it right this time, I believe we will get there. Buhari serve as Petroleum Task Force during Abacha Regime and every kobo were accounted for. My advice for him is that if he notice any foul play and manipulation in rendering his sincere service, he should resign honourably. Let fight corruption to still. But if this generation of politician irrespective of their party fail to tackle the menace of corruption in their time,they will be most miserable of all generation ever exist.

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