Why I refused to compromise on our committee’s report — Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, EFCC
Nuhu Ribadu

Nov.4 (PREMIUM TIMES) — The chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force, Nuhu Ribadu, has explained why he has remained firm in spite of  high-level efforts by some members of his committee and some elements in the Federal Government and the oil industry to sabotage the work of the panel he led.

There was open disagreement between members of the committee during the formal submission of their final report to President Goodluck Jonathan  Friday with Steve Oronsaye, deputy Chairman of the panel, and Bon Otti, a member, openly discrediting the document submitted by Mr. Ribadu to the President.

They claimed that the process adopted in its compilation was flawed, saying all members were not allowed to see the final draft before its submission.

But in an update on his Facebook Page Sunday evening,  Mr. Ribadu said he resisted all attempts to be compromised because he had taken a position to always be on the side of the Nigerian people.

He said as far as he is concerned a good name is better than monumental wealth.

“I have made my choice to stand with the Nigerian people, to place national interest before any other knowing that a good name is better than silver and gold,” the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told his followers.

Mr. Ribadu had after the incidence at the presidential villa on Friday left an instructive comment on his Facebook page saying, “No matter the pressure, don’t compromise, stand for the truth and with people of integrity.”

On Friday, no sooner had Mr. Ribadu completed the presentation of the report to the President than Mr. Oronsaye rose to vehemently disagree with the presentation and to dissociate himself from the exercise.

“It is true I am the Vice or deputy Chair. But, I did not start with the Committee until much later, because I was busy with some other assignments. But when I joined, I made certain observations,” Mr. Oronsaye said. “Let me say this, your Excellency, this other report that was circulated for discussion was actually not accepted by members, and that was the reason the committee was to go back to review, modify and return.”

Mr. Ribadu, in his reaction, expressed disappointment at attempts to discredit the report, saying Mr. Oronsaye and Mr. Otti hardly participated in the deliberations of the committee, as they were busy lobbying to be given plum jobs at the NNPC.

“Mr President, I wasn’t expecting this development, so please do excuse me if I may say a few things,” he said. “This Task Force was set up in February. We started work effectively in March. Most of the members that you have seen here abandoned what they were doing and came here and we worked every single day. We gave everything to it.

“For about three months, Chief Oronsanye never participated one day in the deliberations of this committee. Not even a single day, never. The first time we saw Chief was when at the end of the work when we were talking about recoveries from companies that he jumped in. All the members are here, they can bear me witness. He never participated in this work.

“While others, who were appointed from outside the industry to look at it critically and give you an honest opinion, and ensure the independence of that committee, Chief Oronsanye got himself appointed into the Board of the NNPC.

“The other gentleman, Otti, who spoke became the director of Finance, NNPC, and they decided to, more or less, bully everybody and take over.

“And they wanted us to write for them. Committee members refused. By the time they were appointed (into NNPC) the most honourable thing they could have done could have been to resign from the committee. They refused to resign. Chief (Oronsanye) has not been in this country for a while. He flew in this morning to come and do this before Mr. President. And I think the President deserves more respect than you have done now.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Well spoken, mr Ribadu. but i think we should hear from both sides.

    • uduakomiri

      Just keep quiet and listen. When men of honour talk, you should never raise the smell of your soiled mouth with stupid words. Mr Ribadu has spoken and reasonable Nigerians stand with him. A man who turned down $15 million dollars in cash in present day Nigeria has more integrity than anyone alive in the pavements of power in Nigeria and yes in many places all over the world. Ribadu may not be a saint but he is the closet to a saint in Nigeria of taday.
      Now you can go home and put your stupid mouth in a dunghill ‘cos that where it belongs!

    • bono

      iS THIS NOT THE SAME RIBADU THAT SOME SAID JONATHAN BRIBED-WONDERS SHALL NEVER END IN NIGERIA

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        Either way the President is blamed. Rain or sunshine, it’s his fault.

    • NAGODI

      WELL RIBADO SPOKE LAST, WE HAVE HEARD THE OTHER SIDE. IN FACT WE EXPECT A REBUTTAL FROM BOTH OTTI AND OROSANYA BUT MUM IS THE WORD TO THIS DAY. THEY DID NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES OR DENY THE ALLEGATIONS OF RIBADO IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENT OR ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE OR ANYWHERE ELSE. THE HONEST STAND TALL WHILE THE DISHONEST COWERED IN FEAR EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SAFE.
      MPITI SHOULD CHECK THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE OTHER SIDE TO UPDATE US.

  • bono

    ts a well known fact that the fraud widely believed to be involved in the petrol subsidy regime has been going on for several years, even before the Olusegun Obasanjo administration which, in a bid to address the problem arising out of the shortage of petrol and kerosene, created the Petroleum Products Prices and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). Adeniyi’s intervention is important because most people have been under the impression that the fraud in the subsidy regime is a very new phenomenon. So what is Ribadu up to here AGAIN

    • Enemona

      There’s no need for any other report. If Oronsanye went AWOL and the other members of the committee did the job then the integrity of the report is not tainted. Oronsanye does not have the moral rights to rubbish the reports, it is obvious he was only trying to keep his job as member of the board of NNPC same with Bon Otti, they should both have resigned. Where things are done properly, the president should even have rebuked the duo for dereliction of duty.

      Anyway, this matter should be put to rest since nothing is even expected from report, it was destined to end in the Aso rock cemetery for dead reports.

      Also, I agree with you the president did not start the subsidy fraud but he is the current president and Nigerians expect him to fight corruption. If truly he wants to fight corruption then he should implement the various reports littering his table. Contrary to your point here, Ribadu never said it was only under president Jonathan that the subsidy fraud was perpetrated but he mentioned and indicted previous governments. Why don’t we ever stand for the truth?

  • enobong nyong ekwere

    Ribadu thank u,I pray Nigeria will have more men of intergrity like u.u have written ur name in gold,that’ll stand d test of time.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    so much muck from a muck heart.

  • I have some iota of respect for Mr. Oronsaye, the honurable thing he should have done was to forward a minority report as a seasoned tehnocrat, and not to create the scene he created. This country deserves to have honourable men.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Good point. I think we need to see a harmonized report of both parties.

  • Okey Ogbonnaya

    Ribadu,it’s people like you this Country needs.Let us gradually identify like minds & form a party that will deliver Nigeria from these criminals parading themselves as politicians & leaders.I am available,there are other Nigerians that are also available.Thank God you discovered those criminals in ACN & left them.Think about it.This is the only way to stop this corruption,if we love Nigeria & her citizens.

  • Bebeji

    Chinua Achebe said”One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”
    Nuhu Ribadu esq has demonstrated integrity in not only doing the right thing because it is right but also honest and courageous enough in telling the truth to the President and Nigerians.On the other hand the two NNPC members in the Committee have dealt a devastating blow to the reputation of the administration by their actions.As the ultimate guardian of the reputation of the administration,the President must be courageous and patriotic enough to act on the report in the public interest.