Wednesday, November 26, 2008
NUHU RIBADU, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!
Icheokudotcom is revisiting this subject once again, principally because of the varying positions people have taken on the matter of Nuhu Ribadu, depending on which side of the isle they are - the pro and the anti Nuhu Ribadu. We are non-partisan since we have no dog in the fight between Nuhu Ribadu and Umaru Yar'Adua's government, but that the truth be told. Nuhu Ribadu has become the talking point of all commentators and news analyst world-wide particularly in Nigeria because of the dehumanising treatment he has been receiving in the hands of the Nigerian authorities. Some of his critics said he deserved all that he got because he once mistook tinsels for gold and forgot that one day a king who does not know Joseph will rise and call for rendering of account. He is a lawyer, by training, who abused the legal process by rail-roading suspects without any justifiable cause or much regard to due process whatsoever. He was so efficient in carrying water for his master and mentor, monster Olusegun Obasanjo that he received accelerated promotions jumping his seniors and colleagues in the process - from assistant superintendent to Assistant Inspector General as a reward for a job well executed - haranguing opponents of Olusegun Obasanjo, out of peaceful existence. Like a hit-man, Nuhu Ribadu held sway and every knee trembled at his name's mention. However, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was oblivious of the the fleeting nature of power! That power was very ephemeral indeed, made no sense to his deafened-ears! In his take no prisoner style of his newly acquired authority, Nuhu forgot that the yesterday's terrorist-oppressor could become today's haunted and vanquished! This gives credit to the vanity of man! Nuhu Ribadu is not the only pawn ever to be used by men of power in Nigeria. Akilu and Togun were used by Ibrahim Babangida! Mustapha was used by Sani Abacha! So many people have equally benefited for being "good-errand boys" to the men in power, including the current Inspector General of Police in Nigeria, Mike Okilo, who was promoted ahead of his superiors to be the IG of police in Nigeria. Who has not benefited from past despots? Umaru Yar'Adua was a product of the criminal machination of Olusegun Obasanjo who single-handedly imposed him on Nigerians without any proper election; yet he presides over Nigeria, sitting in judgment over the likes of Nuhu Ribadu, his co-beneficiary of Olusegun Obasanjo devilish magnanimity. Who made Umaru Yar'Adua a judge over Nuhu Ribadu when they are both guilty as charged of illegality? Our commentary therefore is, if the Nigerian authorities want to redress all the wrongs of Olusegun Obasanjo, they should be comprehensive about it and not embark on a mere witch-hunting escapade against a particular individual called Nuhu Ribadu. What about conducting a fresh elections for the presidency which is presently being occupied by a very sick-man who never contested nor won any election in the first place? Yet still, they can tell the IG to go back to his former rank and make the rightful heir to the IG of police, Ogbonnaya Onovo, the new IG of police? You want to right the wrongs? What about holding Olusegun Obasanjo responsible for the massacres of Odi and Zaki-Ibiam? Also has the murderers of Attorney General Bola Ige been found? Talk about putting Nuhu Ribadu back to the rank where he rightfully belongs? What is good for the goose is also good for the gander! This will be our last devotion to the mongrel Nuhu Ribadu since there is no love lost between him and Icheokudotcom. We witnessed him get drunk on power hence tasting a little bit of his portion ordinarily wouldn't have been a bad idea. Our position however is that justice must not only be done but must manifestly be seen to be done. Singling out Nuhu Ribadu as the only beneficiary of Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo "mala-benevolence" deserving to be punished, is not just fair. Nuhu Ribadu dutifully prostituted for his new rank of AIG by bending over backward without question for Olusegun Obasanjo; and should be left alone otherwise no "dutiful" ass-licker will ever emerge in Nigeria again. We believe that Umaru Yar'Adua has promoted some people un-meritoriously too and state that he will not like to see such promotion debased by a future incoming administration? On a final note, the Nigerian authorities should leave Nuhu Ribadu alone, believing that he as well as other Nigerians have learnt a lesson of the transient nature of power; in any event let there be a total reset of the Nigerian button from the presidency downwards! Salut!