Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has spoken of how former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, created enemies for him.
According to the former president, Mr. Ribadu’s zeal as the pioneer head of the anti-corruption unit was ruthless enough to attract a lot of enemies for him.
Mr Obasanjo, who was speaking after a presentation on “Illicit Financial Flow and Governance of Natural Resources” delivered by Mr. Ribadu at the 3rd Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa in Badir Dar, Ethiopia, on Saturday, said he doesn’t fear those enemies.
“It is rather them that fear me,” he said.
* Obasanjo says Ribadu made a lot of enemies for him
Mr. Obasanjo said he made it clear to Mr. Ribadu that there should be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.
He said that it got to a point that the former anti graft agency boss considered the fight against corruption as “a matter of life and death”.
It could be recalled that Mr. Ribadu led the EFCC between 2003 and 2007. He won acclaim for his effort against corruption as he clamped down on very senior officials and government, including former governors.
His record is widely regarded as the best yet for the commission also he was also accused of taking on only those opposed to Mr. Obasanjo. He was replaced after Mr. Obasanjo left office.
Source: Premium Times