16th December, 2010
It was encomium galore for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic andÂ Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Abuja yesterday as dignitaries from all walksÂ of life gathered for the launch of two books, â€˜My Story, My Visionâ€™ and â€˜A ParadiseÂ for Maggotsâ€™, written by Dr. Wale Adebanwi, assistant professor at the University ofÂ California, Davis, United States.
The first book was an autobiography of the former Nigerian anti-graft czar whileÂ Adebanwiâ€™s book is described in the foreword written by Professor Chinua Achebe asÂ â€œa salient document depicting an important crusader for justice.â€
Guests at the event, starting from Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, a retired Justice ofÂ the Supreme Court, who chaired the event,Â commended Ribadu, especially for theÂ manner in which he handled his job as the pioneer Chairman of the Economic andÂ Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Justice Oputa set the ballÂ rolling when he noted in his opening speech that theÂ â€œgathering is not because Ribadu is a rich man, but to celebrate somebody who hasÂ been upright and stand up for Nigeria.â€
Justice Oputa who spoke on integrity in his opening speech said as a man ofÂ integrity, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, presidential aspirant hasÂ opportunity to steal from the national treasury, but he did not. â€œMallam RibaduÂ served his country and left an indelible footprint,â€ the retired jurist said.
Also, Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd.), Governor of Adamawa State, said Ribadu has beenÂ recognized all over the world, including higher citadels of learning for the â€œsanityÂ he has brought into our world.â€ Nyako described Ribadu as a man of courage and whoÂ is so full of confidence.
â€”Oluokun Ayorinde /Abuja