President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu is a “political prostitute and an ethically challenged hypocrite.” Jonathan, through his spokesman, Reuben Abati, was yesterday responding to statements credited to Ribadu at a lecture in Kaduna on Saturday where he said that Nigeria under Jonathan is a “sinking ship” in which the yearnings of the masses are being neglected by a tyrannical leadership. Abati said the presidency found it very sad and utterly deplorable that Ribadu had resorted to shameless wolf-crying, the peddling of arrant falsehood and the denigration of the elected government of his fatherland in furtherance of his selfish quest for continued national political relevance after his wholesale rejection by Nigerian voters in 2011.
“It is very unfortunate indeed that the once highly respected former EFCC chairman has now taken to political prostitution and developed a penchant for irresponsible and reckless utterances aimed at improving the electoral fortunes of his new friends and “leader,” who he once famously denounced as a crook who is “not fit to hold public office,” Abati said. “If Nuhu Ribadu wants to talk of tyranny then he should talk of the days when he orchestrated the impeachment of governors with an illegitimate quorum of legislators who had been threatened by the EFCC under his watch. “It beats the imagination that Nuhu Ribadu, a man who once presided over an EFCC which in 2007 compiled a list of disqualified politicians aspiring for office without a court order or legal backing, now has the guts to accuse the man under whom Nigeria has had the most credible elections in this Fourth Republic of being the leader of a “sinking ship”. Can there be a greater tyranny than the tyranny of removing governors via undemocratic means and barring legally entitled persons from contesting elections?