There Was No Significant Fight Against Corruption Under Jonathan, Says Ribadu
A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu said on Friday that a former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan did not have a significant fight against corruption during his administration.
Addressing the students at a convocation lecture at the Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, he said there was a widespread corruption under the former President.
Ribadu expressed that those who had squandered and stolen the national resources of Nigeria are those who had had the responsibility of managing it.
He also said that oil well were dashed out to individuals at will.
“Years of mindless stealing and waste of public resources has dimmed the light of prosperity that was all over our country at Independence. Little wonder that we now find ourselves in tough economic condition with the attendant security challenges troubling us from all angles,” he said.
The former EFCC boss said during Olusegun Obasanjo administration, he formed anti-graft agencies that would help fight corruption.
“The Obasanjo administration also went on to evolve other institutional avenues of fighting corruption by carrying out wide-ranging public service reform and establishing pro-transparency agencies such as the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI),” he said.
“Nothing positively significant happened in the fight against corruption since then, until the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. It is instructive that the Buhari administration rode to power on the back of its promise to tackle corruption which was pervasive under the immediate past administration.”
Ribadu, without mincing words, called for justice sector reform and urged that billions of naira spent on security votes should be checked.
According to him, “there would only be limited or no success in anti-corruption campaign if the justice system is not properly sanitised to shoulder that important responsibility. Every individual within the chain of the justice sector needs to be above board, those who cannot uphold the basic tenets of integrity needed for such job should be shoved aside.
“The practice of political leaders spending humongous amounts of money in the name of security votes should also be checked. For example, I see no reason for governors and some other officeholders to be expending billions of naira without budgetary provisions or accountability under the vague code of security.”