Ribadu fight against corruption almost cost him his life – Obasanjo
By Ehi Ekhator
A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed how the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu created enemies that almost cost him his life.
Obasanjo said that Ribadu effort to fight corruption in the country as the head of the anti-graft agency created many enemies for him to the point that he was poisoned on one occasion.
He said despite the situation, he wasn’t scared of his enemies, instead they fear him.
Obasanjo disclosed this after a presentation on “Illicit Financial Flow and Governance of Natural Resources” which was delivered by Ribadu on Security in Africa in Badir Dar. Ethiopia, at the 3rd Tana High Level Forum, yesterday.
Obasanjo is the chairman of the Tana Forum
Obasanjo at the event revealed that he told Ribadu that there should be no favourites in the fight against corruption. He added that he was also investigated including his wife, late Stella Obasanjo.
His record is widely regarded as the best yet for the commission also he was also accused of taking on only those opposed to Mr. Obasanjo. He was replaced after Mr. Obasanjo left office.
He cited an example on how EFCC indicted and prosecuted a serving minister who was also his senior in secondary school, saying there was no room for seniority too.
He said that Ribadu’s enemies almost got to him at a time when he was poisoned. a situation he considered as a matter of life and death.
The Prime Minister of Ethopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, in his remark, thanked Mr. Ribadu for highlighting some good things about Nigeria contrary to what the media portray.
Mr. Ribadu in his presentation gave measures African countries should employ to tackle illicit financial flow and return money already illegally siphoned out of the countries.
He added that Africa needs honest and committed leaders who will set precedent with themselves by eschewing corruption and close any rooms of illicit financial flow.
Ribadu stressed that if the political leadership demonstrate seriousness, it will convince other foreign countries towards recovering stolen monies stashed abroad.
Ribadu was the Chairman of EFCC between 2003 and 2007. He clamped down many senior officials and government, including former governors.