Politics Nuhu Ribadu is Just Another Politician -The Cable



It is somehow laughable that quite a sizable number of people were shocked at the defection of former police officer, Nuhu Ribadu, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). One still wonders how Nigerians expected him to be different from other politicians in the land, his former position as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman notwithstanding. I think there is something in the way our politicians play the game that should have given us a strong shock absorber. A Nigerian politician can do anything.

We are quick in throwing up heroes even when such people have not done anything extraordinary in their lives. But because we are a country in perpetual search of people to put garlands on their necks, we gloss over the imperfections and contradictions in the lives of those in public service. Just cast a glance across our political landscape and you’ll be amazed at a Segun Oni and a Kayode Fayemi dining at the same political table while an Isiaka Adeleke and a Rauf Aregbesola share the same podium to canvass votes. Rewind and play the tapes of how these ones were once mortal political enemies few years back. So, why must Ribadu’s case be different, he’s a politician after all.

Even when properly dissected, his tenure as EFCC chairman was not devoid of political moves. His media handlers in EFCC presented him as the best thing that ever happened in the land. We should, however, not forget in a hurry how former Governors Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Joshua Dariye were removed from office and the ever-constant accusation then of selective prosecution. Ever since Ribadu joined the Action Congress of Nigeria emerging as its presidential candidate in the 2011 elections, he lost his innocence and veneer of objectivity some of us have covered him with in the course of his assignments.

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