Nuhu Ribadu: “ Let’s reclaim Nigeria from her destroyers and move it forward.

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Nuhu Ribadu
Nuhu Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu, Nigeria’s former anti graft henchman is nursing a burning desire to turn Nigeria around for the better and he is wooing every well meaning Nigerian to wake up from hopelessness and current paranoia to lift the nation up once again.

Answering reporters questions in Abuja on Thursday, Mallam Ribadu said:

“I have a dream of a new Nigeria; I have the dream of a changed Nigeria. I want to see if there is a possibility of opening a new chapter for the country. And those who are in charge somehow certainly need to give chance for the country to move forward.

“My coming is going to be like the best Nigerian should come forward, whether you are old or new or woman or man. It has to be all of us and I want to be part of that team that would certainly save our country and give it a new lease of life.

He claimed to be burning with the desire to capture the vision of majority of Nigerians who today are the young ones claiming he certainly belong to that new league of modern visioner.

During an interview, Ribadu listed his priorities as security; effective power supply; free education; sound medical facilities; and collective leadership.

Mallam Ribadu’s  declaring his ceaseless passion for the country is seen as having bowed to the will of millions of Nigerians who had hoped that his vision as a nationalist would work  for the nation  better than than those craving for presidential zoning  in pursuant of personal goals.

He however threw down the gauntlet by publicly declaring he would contest for the  presidential election , come  election 2011.

He declared on Thursday in Abuja:”I’II contest for President to remake Nigeria,”

There had been doubts on whether the ex-police chief would enter into the nation’s political scene which had long been awashed with many dangers of manipulations, godfatherisms and  and insincerity, especially with the current regime establishing itself as a lying regime in the event of tissues of lies told in the event of the departure of former President Umaru Yar’Adua whose circumstances of death, and the truth  about his ailment remains a mystery yet to be unraveled by agitating Nigerians.

More, he is coming into a race in which President Goodluck Jonathan, former Military President Gen. Babangida, former Head of State Gen. Muhamadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are currently engaged in stage-chesting.

“I’m not afraid of them,” Ribadu said at the  breakfast chat  with journalists in Abuja.

The former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chair though did not reveal the party on whose platform he is running, but was quick to debunk any link to the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On his credentials, he said: “I have always been a federal person. I have the experience in public service. I have put 25 years of my life into the service of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Executive capacity. After that, of course, I served outside Nigeria. I have worked and acquired international experience.”

He added: “I had the chance to set up an agency (EFCC); I ran it for five years. I was in an Economic Team. I was a Federal Prosecutor, probably more than any other person in that capacity.

I was a police officer, a community worker, I put all my life into public service at the Federal Government level. It is only natural for you to really put that into where the experience can best count.”

Asked why he was reluctant on the platform, he said: “I am still consulting, but it is going to be very soon because there is no time. It is going to be very soon for us to make a decision on that.

“Like I said, my belief is that the possibility of all of us coming together must be exhausted full blast to see the chance for us to give our country a platform that is going to be national.

Asked if he got any offer from the PDP, Ribadu replied: “Never, never. We will educate Nigerians about PDP and what I consider the future of our country.”

Ribadu said he was not afraid of big names (Nigerian political Goliaths) in the presidential race and corrupt elements that might gang up against him.

He said: “But David defeated Goliath eventually. Pray that I will be the David.

“I have always been fighting in my life. When I was in the Police Force, I fought armed robbers, I survived. I fought gangsters, I fought 419 fraudsters, big time corrupt people and I have survived. I am still standing as Nuhu Ribadu; I believe I will also survive this.”

Ribadu denied ever investigating First Lady Patience Jonathan over allegations of laundering N70million during his tenure at the EFCC.

“I never handled a case against Patience Jonathan; never, it’s a lie. You know it is so sad because in our country this is how we go about maligning people. But today thank God I am not in his government. So, I can open up and talk. If I were to say it earlier people would have thought that I was looking for job from President Goodluck Jonathan. I am not looking for anything. But the truth must be told.”

He explained: “at the time the matter came up, we were investigating a case involving one Igbo lady who was reported by a bank through suspicious transaction report. I think there was a lodgement of about N70million into a bank and then they reported.

“Of course, we found out that she did a contract in Bayelsa State and then we followed it.

We did a thorough investigation involving that woman. But they were all money that they earned from contracts which we did not have any difficulty or have issues with.”

Ribadu, who spoke glowingly about his dream to remake Nigeria, said he could make a difference within two years.

He added: “I have a dream of a new Nigeria; I have the dream of a changed Nigeria. I want to see if there is a possibility of opening a new chapter for the country. And those who are in charge somehow certainly need to give chance for the country to move forward.

“My coming is going to be like the best Nigerian should come forward, whether you are old or new or woman or man. It has to be all of us and I want to be part of that team that would certainly save our country and give it a new lease of life.

“I want to see the possibility of capturing the vision of majority of Nigerians who today are the young ones. And I certainly belong to that.”

Ribadu listed his priorities as security; effective power supply; free education; sound medical facilities; and collective leadership.

He said: “I want to immediately provide those basic things. They are so important to us. I must insist that we must have security immediately, instantly; there is no time to waste on that. I want to see that we can immediately solve the problem of power.

“I will do it (power); I will come out with my programme and policy. It is not something you can give in one word. I want to make a full stop to corruption finally.

“I want to ensure from now on that Nigerians are going to enjoy free and fair education. I want to ensure that we will have good and decent hospitals. We will have hospitals, we don’t have to go out of the country and spend our money to build others like in India, Egypt and Ghana. Time has come for us to build our own.

“I want to see a Nigeria that will give justice to its own people; justice across; justice that can give a chance to us to have peace and stability for us to grow.

“I want to see the possibility of giving our country opportunity of equal treatment, fairness, respect for people. I want to see if it is possible for us to give a leadership that can listen; leadership that can take advice; leadership that is going to be collective,” Ribadu said.

He promised to make available “a detailed, precise and very clear programmes and policies on how to go about it.”

Nuhu Ribadu
Nuhu Ribadu

“The intention is there. Something is burning in all of us to save our country. We love our country, we must fight for our country, and we must work for our country.

“We want to bring out the energy in all of us and see if we can make a country that all of us will be proud of; a Nigeria that will be respected by the world, a Nigeria that will have a voice.”

In London, Ribadu’s declaration has set thousand in the mood of a new hopeful Nigeria for the immediate future.

Many who spoke in the aftermath of his interview saw Ribadu as the hope  a Nigeria heading towards a redemption.

His exposure, age and countenance are seen by many as the real qualified Nigerian of 21 century with many current  aspirants having failed the nation since the nation got her independence. c