Aondoakaa, Waziri, Take Nuhu Ribadu To The Cleaners

By Ikenga Chronicles December 4, 2016

Aondoakaa, Waziri, Take Nuhu Ribadu To The Cleaners

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Nuhu Ribadu, has been taken to the cleaners by former Minister and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mike Aondoakaa  and  Mrs Farida Waziri on Saturday, December 3.

In a statement the duo described the former chairman of EFCC’s outburst as blackmail and self-seeking.

Ribadu had during a lecture series in Abuja said Aondoakaa and former EFCC’s boss Farida Waziri frustrated the war against corruption alongside other senior lawyers.

Ribadu had in an earlier comment, said Mrs Farida Waziri, who took over from him as the EFCC chairman, partnered with Aondoakaa to inflict serious damage on the EFCC, from which the commission is still struggling to recover.

He said, following Waziri’s appointment, corrupt practices that were unheard of became widespread in the commission and lawyers were brought in to handle very important cases that sometimes were turned into avenues of making money.

Reacting, Aondoakaa said:  “First, Ribadu lied before his audience because those who were part of the Presidential Investigation Committee were Sir Mike Okiro, Office of National Security Adviser, representative of EFCC and Director Public Prosecution of the Federation served as Secretary and as at that time Ribadu was in NIPSS, Kuru so his claim of being part of the team that investigated Halliburton is a blatant lie.”

The former Justice Minister further stated that since Ribadu was sacked from EFCC, he sees nothing good with the anti-graft agency and is behaving like he is the only one who had solution on how best EFCC can be administered.

Aondoakaa said the Okiro-led Presidential Investigation Committee submitted their report on Halliburton to President Musa Yar’ Adua, who later died leading to his removal as Minister of Justice before action could be taken.

“To the best of my knowledge, I think Ribadu is looking for favour from the Federal Government and the only way to get attention is to attack Mike Aondoakaa and some few Nigerians and tag them corrupt.”

He advised Ribadu to tell Nigerians what he wants since he believes he is the only person with required skills to lead the EFCC in the fight against corruption. He advised Ribadu to stop further attacks on his person based on personal vendetta saying corruption was fought within the dictates of the law during Yar’ Adua’s administration.

On her part, a former Chairman of the EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri warned her predecessor, against rubbishing her tenure in the anti-graft agency. She said despite Ribadu’s contempt of her tenure, she was able to secure 450 convictions and filed 75 high profile cases in court.

She asked Ribadu to stop using her name “anytime he needs public attention or sympathy.”

Waziri, in a statement by her Personal Assistant, Ms Omolara Oluremi, pleaded with Ribadu to stop being a weeping man.

She accused him of being always “obsessed with dropping” her name into his script.

The statement said: “My attention has been drawn to a reckless and irresponsible statement credited to Nuhu Ribadu at a function on Wednesday in Abuja, where he, as has been his rhetoric since 2008 when I succeeded him as the EFCC Chairman, attempted to malign me by accusing me of being part of his imaginary enemies who frustrated the nation’s anti-graft war.”

“My first inclination was to ignore Nuhu since I know he is always obsessed with dropping my name into his script anytime he needs public pity or political relevance but on a second thought I felt I should advise him to leave me out of his frustrations and face his life. There should be a life after EFCC.”

Waziri said after leaving office as the EFCC chairman, Ribadu ought to move on with life instead of revisiting his tenure.

The statement added: “If after eight years of being removed as EFCC Chairman, he is yet to move on with life, even after two successive Chairmen had occupied the same seat and moved on with their lives, then his problem may be psychogenic. He needs help elsewhere, certainly not from me.”

“If Nuhu is yet to face the reality that EFCC is a Federal Government agency and not a personal estate of anybody eight years after, I find it compelling to remind him, otherwise one day he would wake up to blame me for his defeat in the 2011 presidential election and even his pathetic outing in the 2015 governorship election in Adamawa State despite the slush funds deployed to ensure his victory at the polls.”

“I equally suspect that Nuhu may sooner than later blame me for his penchant to jump from one party to other party like a political prostitute; from ACN to PDP and now to APC.”

“It is his lust for power, inordinate ambition and desperation for political relevance that continue to push him to dine and wine, and even enjoy the wealth of those he had labelled as corrupt in yesteryears. He can’t hold me responsible for his double face, lack of principle and complex contradictions in his character.”

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