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Presidential candidate of opposition Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011
elections, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday gave reasons why he would
accept his appointment by the Federal Government to head the 21-member
Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force describing the job as a call to national
Ribadu in a statement said the decision to serve as head of the task force
was strictly personal devoid of any political affiliation.
His party ACN had in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed distanced itself from any collaboration with the President
Goodluck Jonathan led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government.
According to Ribadu, his decision was predicated on the philosophy his
parents taught him that an honest public service was the greatest asset a
person could offer his community.
He noted that the call to national service should be placed above individual
ego in the interest of the nation.
“It is all about the community, and it is sometimes bigger than our personal
egos. This therefore is a national call. In answering it, I go back to the
template of my own parents, who taught me that an honest public service is
the greatest asset a person can offer his community.
“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 the march to greatness, and on the capacity of our people,
particularly the youth, to earn a decent, promising life”, he said.
Ribadu who was the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, said there is need to effectively tame corruption which
has assumed a prominent 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”, he added.
According to him the decision to serve was devoid of link with any affiliation
either political or social insisting that it was strictly personal to him.
His words: “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 an evaluation in favour of
their larger communities, it doesn’t necessarily blemish their moral identity.”
But the AC N in its statement said the party decided to distance itself from
the President Jonathan administration owing to the deceitful nature of the PDP
According to AC N which said that Ribadu was on his own in accepting the
appointment maintained that the PDP government poor reputation of deceit
was the reason it barred its members from accepting appointments from the
Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government.
“On the vexed issue of removal of petroleum subsidy, it is on record that our
party, the Action Congress of Nigeria, responded with patriotic and
constructive suggestions during a meeting with the President in Abuja.
“At the end of that meeting, President Jonathan promised to further consult
with us before taking any further step in respect of the matter. True to the
deceptive nature of this administration, we all woke up on January 1, 2012, to
learn that the government has unilaterally removed subsidy from petrol.
“How can we be sure that these slew of appointments are not being used by
the administration to shore up its sagging – or totally sagged – credibility?
“After all, one can never be sure going by the deceptive nature of the PDP that
the kind of appointment now being offered to Mallam Ribadu is being made in
good faith or just to get credible people to launder the government’s badly
damaged image and credibility.
“There is also the possibility that booby-traps will be deliberately set for such
credible personalities to guarantee their failure in their stated assignment,
after which they will be ridiculed and dumped like an ordinary chump”, A C N
Ribadu was on Tuesday named head of a Petroleum Revenue Special Task
Force set up by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Dieziani Alison-
Why I accepted Jonathan’s appointment – Ribadu
…Ribadu is on his own –ACN
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