Former anti-corruption czar for the country, Nuhu Ribadu, is facing an angry challenge from northern youths who want him to “read the writing on the wall that President Goodluck Jonathan is attacking [his] legacy by systematically reversing [his] anti-corruption achievements.”
Arewa Progressives, a socio-political pressure group made up of Nigerian youth of Northern extraction, made this claims Friday in Abuja when, led by the group’s regional chairman, Saleh Bin Ahmed, called on Mr. Ribadu in his office.
Mr. Ahmed said the group was irritated by the appointment of Mr. Salisu Buhari, the former speaker of the House of Representative by Mr. Jonathan to the governing council of the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Mr. Ribadu, as chief prosecutor of the Nigeria Police in 1999, investigated and prosecuted Salisu Buhari for certificate forgery and perjury that led to his impeachment and subsequent conviction.
Speaking further, Mr. Ahmed said it is wrong for Mr. Jonathan to appoint Mr. Buhari to an eminent institution as the UNN after he had admitted to forging a University certificate.
“The other day it was Alamieyesgha that was pardoned and now, it is Salisu Buhari, we wonder who is next” complained Ahmed, and argued that “organisations such as ours stand to uphold the true legacies of our founding fathers,” urging Mr. Ribadu to be assured that Arewa Progressives “will never forget the wonderful efforts you have put in the service of your fatherland.”
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