Incompetent Abati is rehashing falsehoods, Ribadu says in reaction to presidential spokesman

Reuben Abati

Mr. Abati earlier chastised Mr. Ribadu over his comments on the Jonathan administration.

The presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 elections, Nuhu Ribadu, has reacted to the statement of presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, which condemned the former anti-corruption chief for criticising the Jonathan administration.

Mr. Ribadu said “Reuben Abati’s statement, typical of his increasingly desperate personality, has exposed him as a fraud of a presidential spokesman who does not have the simplest level of media literacy.”

Mr. Abati had described Mr. Ribadu as being blinded by ambition for criticising the Jonathan administration and describing it as “a sinking ship.”

Mr. Ribadu, pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had criticised the Goodluck Jonathan administration while addressing students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, on Saturday.

In his reaction, Mr. Abati accused Mr. Ribadu of lawlessness while being the EFCC, a claim the opposition leader described as “falsehood.”

“It is unfortunate that he (Mr. Abati) stands on crooked crutches of rehashed falsehoods fabricated by corrupt politicians prosecuted by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, in his desperate attempt to hold on to his job,” the former anti-corruption chief said in a statement sent to the media by his aides.

“His conjectured statement is a sad commentary on the type of people we have in the helms of our affairs: even with the resources at his disposal, Abati could not conduct a little research to save himself from embarrassment before he set out barking.”

“It is a huge gaffe for Abati to charge Ribadu of ingratitude as the latter has more valid stand to make similar accusation having been betrayed after his selfless service to the nation in the Petroleum Revenue Task Force committee.

“The question of who is ethically challenged, however, is left for Nigerians to answer.

“This too shall pass,” Mr. Ribadu said in the statement.

Read Nuhu Ribadu’s address that angered the presidency here.


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  • Efe1

    Does Abati really have to reply to every statement?

    • Lanre Asiwaju

      Not even when Ribadu’s address didn’t categorically mention GEJ. It was all about citizenship and civil engagement. Sad to have these bunch occupying Nigeria’s Presidency

    • we nogo die

      You want this desperate man to loose his job? The man does not want to go back to journalism. He wan chop better. This Abati can insult his papa, if that can keep him on his job.
      the only thing is that he is simply doing the opposite of what he is employed to do, creating more enemies for his oga @ the top.

    • Agunbiade Fagbamila

      Yes Abati has to reply to every statement because Abati is an errand boy of his boss Goodluck Jonathan and Goodluck Jonathan and his presidency do not deal with ISSUES, they are phobic of progress and democracy. The only thing they know is power, and how to hold on to it. And anything they imagine threatens that hold must be attacked even if it is thoughtless like the present Reuben Abati out of sync remark on Nuhu Ribadu’s honest, nationalistic and patriotic over view of our challenges.

      • ACTION MAN

        maybe there is something in “that place” that turns peoples brain upside down when luck takes them there. May be in the future we should advise those lucky guys to work from home or have theirs offices in the distance federal secretariat.

        • Datti

          That thing is called money: owo! Remember, Abati was a struggling man at the Guardian. Now, money don come and no one go put sand sand inside the garri.

  • Abati

    GEJ and Abati= corruption

  • ACTION MAN

    “His conjectured statement is a sad commentary on the type of people we have in the helms of our affairs” – This is true Bro Ribadu