Why Yar’Adua sacked Nuhu Ribadu, James Ibori Opens up


Former Governor of Delta State James
Onanefe Ibori has chronicled the events
leading to the sack of former Chairman of
the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu,
by the late President Umaru Musa
Yar’Adua.
He alleged that Yar’Adua fired Ribadu
because he was opposed to former
President Olusegun Obasanjo’s preference
of the late leader as his successor.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Mr.
Tony Eluemunor, Head of Ibori’s Media
Office, the former governor who is serving
a prison term in London, condemned the
“bare-faced lies, that some journalists and
news organisations”, especially an online
news medium, have continued to heap on
him.
Ibori said that, “What makes it galling is
that the matter under contention was the
Department of State Services (DSS) report
that stopped the Senate from confirming
Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the
EFCC”, and did not warrant his name
being dragged in.
On the first allegation that during the
tenure of Farida Waziri as EFCC
chairperson, sensitive documents were
found in Magu’s home”, the online
newspaper wrote: “The facts do not
support that claim. A reporter for this
newspaper extensively reported that event
in 2008 when it happened, and is familiar
with what transpired at the time.”
Eluemunor said that Ibori is not concerned
with the fact that the publication chose
not to cross-check the facts but “rested
on answers a journalist got almost a dec­
ade ago, and he did not say how he
acquired that information, no, that is left
with the online outfit’s readers to worry
about. What Ibori finds irresponsible is
what follows: “Based on pressure from
political gladiators of the period (among
which were former governors James Ibori
and Bukola Saraki), then President Musa
Yar’Adua unceremoniously removed Nuhu
Ribadu as chairman of the EFCC.”
“Mr. Nasir el-Rufai has exposed this claim
as a terrible lie. In his book, The
Accidental Public Servant”, he stated the
source of the trouble he and Ribadu had
with the late President Umar Yar’Adua.
“On Page 358, in a section entitled “Umaru
Asks Nuhu for Support: the Beginning of
Our Trouble” he wrote that Ribadu was so
maddened that former President Olusegun
Obasanjo had favoured Yar’Adua above
Nasir-el-Rufai to succeed him as
President in 2007 that he told a Yar’Adua
to his face: ”Well , Obasanjo has not told
me, and as far as the Presidency is con­
cerned, I have my candidate for president,
and that is El-Rufai.
El-Rufai continued on Page 359: “It took
sometime before Nuhu figured out
Obasanjo’s games and what was really
happening. Nuhu’s instinctive reaction
was that of a typical policeman – dust up
EFCC’s files and comb for petitions
against Umaru. Nuhu did not realize it at
that time, but he was the one in trouble
not Obasanjo or Umaru. He dusted up all
the files against Umaru and launched in­
vestigations.
He was clearly trying to take Yar’Adua out
of the race and narrow all options to zero
except for El-Rufai.”

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