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.