Don’t Blame Me For Your Frustration, Farida Tells Ribadu


By Dipo Awojobi – Ex-chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri has cautioned the defeated 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, to stop using her name to attract public attention or sympathy.


Mrs Waziri, in a press statement signed by her Personal Assistant, Ms Omolara Oluremi, reacted to what she described as “reckless and irresponsible statement” in which Nuhu Ribadu attempted to malign her by falsely claiming at a public function on Wednesday in Abuja, that Waziri was one of the people who frustrated the nation’s anti-graft war.

Her statement reads: “My first inclination was to ignore Nuhu since I know he is always obsessed with dropping my name into his script anytime he needs public pity or political relevance, but on a second thought I felt I should advise him to leave me out of his frustrations and face life.

“There should be a life after EFCC. If after eight years of being removed as EFCC Chairman, he is yet to move on with life, even after two successive chairmen had occupied the same seat and moved on with their lives, then his problem may be psychogenic. He needs help elsewhere, certainly not from me.

“If Nuhu is yet to face the reality that EFCC is a Federal Government agency and not a personal estate of anybody eight years after, I find it compelling to remind him, otherwise one day he would wake up to blame me for his defeat in the 2011 presidential election and even his pathetic outing in the 2015 governorship election in Adamawa State.

“I equally suspect that Nuhu may sooner than later blame me for his penchant to jump from one party to the other like a political prostitute; from ACN to PDP and now to APC. It is his lust for power, inordinate ambition and desperation for political relevance that continue to push him to dine and wine, and even enjoy the wealth of those he had labeled as corrupt in yesteryears.

“He can’t hold me responsible for his double face, lack of principle and complex contradictions in his character.”

The ex-EFCC chairman further said: “There is also the need to remind Nuhu that before he succumbs to another logorrhea, he should avail himself a copy of the investigative report on recovered assets during his tenure as EFCC chairman and use the opportunity of the next naming ceremony or birthday party he is invited to, to explain to Nigerians what happened to billions of funds and assets recovered from suspects under him, with no records or documentation.

“He should be grateful to me that I cleaned his mess by creating an Assets Forfeiture Unit to put the records straight and do things rightly.

“No matter how hard Nuhu tries to obliterate my tenure with his numerous lies, the record of over 450 convictions secured, during my three-and-a-half year sojourn in EFCC remain indelible.

“Though I inherited about 10 high profile cases from him in 2008, we took over 75 of such high profile cases to courts, with another 1,500 low profile cases pending in courts as at my exit in November 2011.

“We initiated and commenced work on the permanent office complex of the EFCC sitting on a 5.5 hectares of land along Airport Road, Abuja, in addition to setting up offices in Maiduguri, Borno state and Ibadan, Oyo state to expand the Commission’s scope of operations.

“I can go on and on, on my achievements. I have decided to mention just a few for now to discourage Nuhu from claiming the credit for them when next he wants to make himself happy or seek political relevance.”


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