15 November 2012

Nigeria: Ribadu to Nigerians - Keep Hope Alive

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and recently the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Petroleum Industry, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday urged Nigerians not to give up hope on the country.

Recently, attempts by his committee to present its findings, which revealed damning underhand dealings in the all-important petroleum sector ended in a very controversial note as he openly differed with a member of the committee, Mr. Steve Oronsaye on the committee's findings.

In a posting on his social network wall on Facebook, Ribadu wrote while making a vague reference to the incidence that history would justify whatever action that was taken while alive.

"We cannot be deterred by cynicism. We must not give in to our detractors. History always justifies the just," he said apparently in reaction to the outcome of the fiasco that came with the submission of the controversial report on the oil industry to President Goodluck Jonathan on November 5.

At the submission ceremony, deputy chairman of the committee, Mr. Steve Oronsaye, and another member of the committee, Mike Otti, openly disagreed with Ribadu regarding the process adopted for compiling the reports.

Reacting to the incidence through one of the presidency's spokesmen, Dr. Doyin Okupe said the Ribadu committee deviated from its terms of reference.

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