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Ribadu’s return not imminent

By Uduma Kalu, Deputy Features Editor
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has explained why he wants former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu back to the anti corruption war.

The Acting President, Saturday Vanguard gathered, allegedly said that since Ribadu’s exit from the EFCC saddle, the anti corruption war has waned, hence his desire to have him back, though as his Special Adviser on Anti Corruption.

However, Saturday Vanguard also gathered that the former anti corruption czar may not be returning to the country immediately as he still pursuing his fellowship at the Centre for Global Development in Washington, USA.

Saturday Vanguard sources also revealed that it was Nuhu Ribadu who provided most of  the contacts that the acting President required during his four-day visit to the United States and facilitated the meetings. And Jonathan reportedly also had a private audience with him during the visit.

“ Ribadu is not returning immediately as he is involved in some consultancy works with the United States  and United Kingdom’s governments. But the overseas jobs would not affect Ribadu’s advisory role to Jonathan as he is already playing the part in the government.”

The source said that part of the role Ribadu played was the facilitation of  most of the meetings and interviews Jonathan had in the United States during the Nuclear meeting of 47 world leaders hosted by the US President, Barack Obama.

“Jonathan also had meetings with the US Vice President, Joe Biden, World Bank President, a 15 minutes parley with Obama himself, Nigerian communities. He has also had interviews with the BBC, CNN and other major media agencies”.


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