As Atiku Abubakar Laughs Last
The pandemonium generated by former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Nuhu
Ribadu regarding the alleged pool of corruption Atiku Abubakar swam in is
still unprecedented in the history of this nation. Just ask anyone on why
Obasanjo refused to handover to Atiku, the likely response is that Atiku
was corrupt. Even though most people fail to confirm the veracity or
otherwise of this allegation, some people are prepared to bet with their
last kobo that Obasanjo was correct.
It is curious that more than one year after vacating office,
Atiku is yet to be charged with any act of corruption. Not even has
Atiku¢s name been mentioned in all the public hearings at the National
Assembly regarding some activities of the past administration. Atiku was
not even accused of using his position to attract plots of land at choice
locations. Again his name did not even come for mentioning in the
Independent Power Project, the committee which he chaired. Rather, it is
his accusers i.e. Obasanjo, Ribadu, El-Rufai, Fani Kayode, Bode George etc
that are constantly been linked to one corrupt act or the other. What an
Atiku¢s wives and other family members have not been mentioned in the
contract controversy. His close friends have not been linked to any scam
either. Peter Okocha was said to be fronting for Atiku in the AP saga.
Fortunately for Atiku, his name has been cleared from the mess by one of
his sworn enemies, el-Rufai.
What is even more curious is that the new EFCC Boss was quoted to have
said at a recent interview that she could not lay her hands on any file on
Atiku Abubakar. It can then be concluded that all the noise about Atiku
and corruption was the creation of Obasanjo and his co-travelers to
achieve a predetermined end. Atiku said this much when the battle to
remove him was on, but unfortunately he was not believed.
Now that Nuhu Ribadu is being called upon to answer some questions,
methinks the most logical thing for him to do is to throw himself for
investigation. The guest house he bought at Asokoro for over N400,000,000,
the one he bought in Dubai, the charges against him by Chief Nwude that
his seized house was sold to Ribadu¢s cronies for peanuts, the management
or mismanagement of EFCC funds etc are all issues hanging on his neck. If
Ribadu fails to submit himself to EFCC for investigation, then it means
that he is not as clean as he made us to believe. It is not just fair.
Mohammed Ali Jnr.
Plot 225, Golf Course Close
Ungwar Rimi Road