7th June, 2010
The Oba of Lagos, Nigeria, Oba Rilwan Osuolale Akinolu, has warned the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Dr. Nuhu Ribadu to be wary of friends, especially former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS at the 8th Convocation ceremony of Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun State, where Ribadu was honoured with the honorary title ofÂ Doctor of Law, LL.D, the Royal father warned him to particularly beware of Obasanjo.
Oba Akinolu, who described the honour bestowed on the ex-anti-graft agency Chairman as a very befitting one, said most of those who mill around the retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, IGP, are his enemies, stressing that all they were looking for is his downfall.
Says Oba Akinolu: â€œall I can advise Ribadu to do is to be very wary of those who surround him, especially Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.Â All of them are enemies in friendâ€™s garb.
â€œMost of those you see around him today at this ceremony do not love him deep down, they are only here to register their presence under the pretence that they like him.
â€œI must reiterate my warning that he should be very careful with Obasanjo.Â That man is dangerous. Ribadu should not allow him to stain his soaring image and integrity. A word is enough for the wise,â€ the retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, turned monarch warned.
Former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Andy Mba; the Publisher of Thisday Newspaper, Nduka Obaigbena; former Minsiter of Federal Capital Territory Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Mallam Aliko Dangote and Mr. Femi Falana among other dignitaries at the occasion paid glowing tributes to Ribadu who returned from self-exile last Friday.
Others who graced the occasion are; Mallam Hassan Tukur who represented president Goodluck Jonathan; Chief (Mrs.) Ganiat Fawehinmi; Barrister Mohammed Fawehinmi; Chief Hope Uzodinma; Mr. Femi Ojudu; Mr. Kunle Ajibade; Barrister Smart Osuagwu; Mrs. Tosin Dokpesi; Mr. Deji Adeleke; Chief Johnson Oyewole Fashawe and Oba Adeleke Idowu, Alaperu of Iperu-Remo among others.