Purported Statement On Origin Of Banditry Not From Me – Ribadu
A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu has cleared the air on the issue of banditry and President Muhammaduu Buhari’s role during the administration of Good luck Jonathan.
Ribadu denied the statement alleging that President Buhari recruited bandits to oust former President Goodluck Jonathan is not from him.
The statement, which has now gone viral across social media and purportedly credited to Ribadu, gave an unverified account of the origin of banditry in the country.
It alleged that Buhari sought the services of the mercenaries, who were recruited from neighbouring countries, to claim power for the Fulani group in case he loses the 2015 presidential election.
But in a statement on Thursday, Ribadu dissociated himself from the report, saying the statement is not from him.
“Around mid last year a brainless message purportedly emanating from me started circulating. The statement shared around social media platforms attributed to me devilish insinuations on alleged origin of banditry in parts of Nigeria.
“I initially ignored what was clear inanity and cheap blackmail as I thought no right-thinking person will fall for such mischief. However, when it persisted, on July 17, 2019, I issued a disclaimer on my Twitter handle to disown the viral message.
“But to my chagrin, over six months after the initial rebuttal, the manufacturers of the hateful message and their co-travelers, those who peddle whatever is capable of creating disaffection are back at it. For the avoidance of doubt, I never wrote or said those words being attributed to me. I have no knowledge of the details contained in the disjointed propaganda message in circulation and I urge the public to disregard it.”