Ribadu's Hands are Strengthen
ed as Senate Confirms Ibrahim Lamorde as EFCC Boss.
Going unnoticed amongst Nigerians is the return of Nuhu Ribadu as the ultimate anti corruption czar in Nigeria what with the confirmation of his boy, Ibrahim Lamorde, as the substantive chairman if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the Senate earlier today and his own appointment to the Chairmanship of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force set up by the Jonathan administration.What many Nigerians do not understand is that with these two influential positions, Malam Nuhu Ribadu is now one of Nigeria's most influential men. He is now back in familiar turf and is set to expose any corruption in the petroleum sector and help his right hand man Lamorde to reestablish lost contacts with international law enforcement bodies that refused to deal with the EFCC while Farida Waziri and Michael Aondoakaa held sway.
Ribadu may also be poised to repay the shoddy treatment given him by ACN and Southwest strongman, Bola Tinubu, who many believe used Ribadu to launder his image as a corrupt political underboss. It may be recalled that while the ACN Presidential ticket was being danced before his eyes, Malam
Ribadu was not in a position to take the hard core stance he had hitherto taken in describing Bola Tinubu's corruption.
But now that he has the benefit of hindsight and considering the shoddy treatment that many allege he was given in the ACN, the stage appears set for Malam Ribadu to redeem himself before the Nigerian public by stepping up the anti corruption war. Some believe that Wale Tinubu, the CEO of OANDO PLC one of the oil majors suspected of being a member of the cabal benefiting from the crooked subsidy regime, may begin to twitch uncomfortably especially with Ribadu and Lamorde's new posts given that he is Bola Tinubu's nephew whom many suspect has a business relationship with his uncle.
Whatever may be the case, these new appointments and confirmation can only be good news for Nigeria.