The Occupy Nigeria movement which has expanded into demanding for social justice and end to corruption in governance is a divine deal, Nuhu Ribadu, presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the last general election, has said.
He said the movement and protests present an opportunity for Nigerians to renew their fight to eliminate corruption from their country.
“This is a truly divine deal and as I pray for peace and justice in my distress homeland I hope we don’t miss it,” Mr. Ribadu said in a statement Thursday.
“My months of work in war-torn Afghanistan, seeing how corruption can strip a country from honor to horror, to the depths of the ravages of war,” he said “reinforces my reading that the ongoing massive street votes from Lagos through Yenegoa to Kano, and to all parts of the country today has opened another window of opportunity for us, as a people, to connect back to the purpose of a renewed anti-corruption agenda.”
Mr. Ribadu said he remains fully in prayers for the expeditious resolution of this difficult situation.
“As many have commented openly, and others through their heroic street protest, the work to make our nation work ultimately resides in a strong anti-corruption commitment,” he added.
Mr. Ribadu was the pioneer chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) and currently on a United Nation’s anti-corruption team assessing the corruption status of Afghanistan.
He argued that only a zero tolerant Nigerian government model will find the resources to deliver the fruits of Nigeria’s investments in democracy.