- Former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu. advised new governors-elect to avoid corrupt practices
- Ribadu urged the governors to emulate Buhari in separating governance from personal interests
- The pionerr EFCC boss said there is no way they can escape probe because they control a large chunk of resources in their states
Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has shed light on why Nigerian governors are usually being probed by the country's anti-corruption agencies.
Ribadu explained that state governors are often subject of corruption probes because they are in charge of governance and control a large chunk of resources in their states.
“You are in charge of our government. You control our resources, including that of the local governments,” Ribadu said.
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According to Premium Times, Ribadu said this on Tuesday, April 30, at a retreat for newly elected governors organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) in Abuja.
The former EFCC chairman reminded the governors that there was no way, as governors, they could escape probe, adding that probes could come even from persons they anoint, as experienced in the past.
He said Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies and mechanisms come as a response to global protocols and demand.
Ribadu explained that the world came up with measures to address the problem of drugs, terrorism, corrupt governments and leaders, “by following the money.”
He added that governors are under the searchlight because of global attention on corruption by politically exposed persons.
“When you go out, they are looking at you. Whatever you do they are observing it,” Ribadu said.
He also explained why the enforcement of the anti-graft laws are vested in the federal government.
Ribadu said the federal agencies intervene because of failure of state assemblies to execute their constitutional mandate of checking their state governments.
“The president has powers of oversight on public money and law enforcement which is exercised through the police, ICPC and EFCC,” he said.
Ribadu advised the state governors to embark on self-preservation on how to leave their office with their integrity intact, noting that is only the way out.
He also advised the governors to adhere strictly to their oath of office and govern with fairness and justice.
“The day you leave, there will be checks. The person you install may be the one to come and check you. You should know that,” he said.
Ribadu equally told the governors to avoid cash transaction, including security votes, saying public funds should not be spent recklessly.
He urged them to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari in separating governance from personal interests.
“You are lucky you have someone to learn from, please emulate President Muhammadu Buhari. He has no business partner, nobody sits with him to make deals. We don’t have overnight billionaires again. He is a good leader to emulate,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Bala Mohammed, Bauchi governor-elect, said that he did nothing wrong and was not afraid to face the law.
The Bauchi governor-elect said this on Monday, April 29, while addressing newsmen after he was charged to court by the EFCC.
Halilu Yusuf, the judge presiding over the case, was not present as the governor-elect was accused of receiving N1.6 billion in bribes before allocating lands when he was the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister.
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