There was widespread corruption under Jonathan - Ribadu

There was widespread corruption under Jonathan - Ribadu

- Nuhu Ribadu says widespread corruption was prevalent during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan

- Ribadu is the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

- The former EFCC chairman says there was “nothing positively significant" that took place in the anti-graft war under Jonathan-led administration

Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has said that widespread corruption was prevalent during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Ribadu, who stated this on Friday, June 14, at a convocation at the Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina, said there was “nothing positively significant” that took place in the anti-graft war under Jonathan-led administration, The Cable reports.

Legit.ng gathers that those who had the responsibility of managing Nigeria's resources were over the years squandering and stealing the resources.

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He said: “Years of mindless stealing and waste of public resources has dimmed the light of prosperity that was all over our country at Independence.

"Little wonder that we now find ourselves in tough economic condition with the attendant security challenges troubling us from all angles.

“The Obasanjo administration also went on to evolve other institutional avenues of fighting corruption by carrying out wide-ranging public service reform and establishing pro-transparency agencies such as the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

“Nothing positively significant happened in the fight against corruption since then, until the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. It is instructive that the Buhari administration rode to power on the back of its promise to tackle corruption which was pervasive under the immediate past administration.”

Ribadu, however, said that billions of naira being spent as security votes in the country should be checked for Nigeria to be able to tackle corruption effectively.

He said: “The practice of political leaders spending humongous amounts of money in the name of security votes should also be checked. For example, I see no reason for governors and some other officeholders to be expending billions of naira without budgetary provisions or accountability under the vague code of security.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, commended the anti-corruption crusade of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Ribadu said no country is working to fight corruption the way Nigeria is doing as evident from the number of people being prosecuted and the number of recoveries that have taken place.

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