Former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is regretting ever joining politics. the former head of Nigeria’s anti corruption agency said he is still being hunted by the corrupt politicians he brought down during his tenure as EFCC chairman.
The former EFCC chairman was the keynote speaker at a national stakeholders’ Workshop on the Recovery and Management of Recovered Assets on Wednesday.
“Considering the care we took in handling whatever was in our custody, I find it baffling and disheartening when I hear people make insinuations about how we handled recovered assets. It is a most unfair remark but certainly not totally surprising as the fight against corruption is essentially a thankless job, especially in our climes,” he said.
“That was why I was telling Prof Sagay: ‘Don’t bother sir, people will abuse you; don’t say anything. This is the job’. We are hurting people; we are taking things from those who took things and we denied them chance to make use of them and enjoy and with their family.”
“I’m still paying dearly. In my own madness, I decided to go into politics and I am still paying for it. But I am not bothered. I’ll continue fighting till my last breath. If I’m given the opportunity, I’ll do it again.”
“We have the most vital tool needed in this war, namely political will. I see in the present leadership, specifically the president, the will to allow the war to be fought without interference and the eagerness to support it in whatever way possible. These two points are important prerequisites in winning the anti-corruption war.
“We are also lucky to have a set of people, including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), who are very passionate and committed to be in charge of the process.”
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with support from President Muhammad Buhari, has initiated a move to welcome the former EFCC chairman back to the party although former PDP members who defected to the APC are not willing to allow Nuhu Ribadu rejoin the party..