Ribadu was naÔve, says Olusola Saraki

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Ribadu was naÔve, says Olusola Saraki

One of the victims of the authoritarian regime of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the now embattled Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki took a cursory look at the travails of the former EFCC boss and expressed pity for him.

One of the victims of the authoritarian regime of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the now embattled Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki took a cursory look at the travails of the former EFCC boss and expressed pity for him.

Saraki, the Senate leader in the Second Republic and Chairman of the Northern Union in an interview with Daily Sun traced the war launched on him by the EFCC on his principled stand against the third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The Wazirin of Ilorin regretted the sad turn the career of Ribadu had taken with his dismissal from the police for misconduct, adding that the former EFCC boss was the architect of his misfortune.

His words: "My bank, SGBN was targeted, but they couldnít find anything against us. They said we should increase out capital base to N25 billion or merge with another bank. We were running to do that and suddenly, we were told that we were too late and they dropped us. But because it was a wrong thing. We went to court and we won the case and our licence was restored. Now we are trying to re-organize the bank.

"I feel sorry for Ribadu because he is a young man who has no understanding of what is happening in the world. Otherwise, how could he have listened to Obasanjo and allow him to use him (Ribadu) to do all that he did. Yes, he wanted to fight corruption, but the way he went about it was too personal. I feel sorry for him because now he is seeing the other side of the coin. That he should not have behaved the way he did.

The moment I heard him say if Obasanjo says he should go and arrest his father he would do that, that made me change my mind about him on his character. How can a son say he would arrest his father, what sort of work is that? I feel sorry for him and it is a pity that at this age this is what is happening to him."
Saraki who insisted that he had no regret over his role in truncating the third term agenda, added that he had nothing against Obasanjo even though the latter misbehaved during his tenure as president.

Hear him: "I was one of the leaders at the national constitutional conference put together by Gen. Sani Abacha. The matter of power rotation came up and after long hours of deliberations, we set up a sub-committee made up of eminent Nigerians including Ekwueme, Ojukwu and others to look at the matter of presidency. Members wanted to vote but I cautioned them, arguing that issues are being resolve in the conference based on consensus, why voting to further divide the country? A committee of 50 members was set up to look at the issue again and I was the chairman.

We agreed that eight years North, eight years South. We went back the floor of the conference the following g day and I informed them of our decision. So, I was surprised that Obasanjo after spending eight years wanted to continue, Peter Odili and others were also coming out for presidency against what we decided, and I said I wonít allow it. We formed National Union to go round the whole country and sensitize the people.

Even we went to Obasanjo at Aso Rock and we told him he cannot run again. He blessed us and encouraged us to go round but to eschew violence, intimidation and harassment. But I donít know Obasanjo took offence. I am surprised the way he behaved as president. He used to treat the North very well. I have nothing against him. It is only that he has misbehaved a lot."
Saraki looked back at his life and declared that he was a fulfilled man, stressing that he was healthy and very happy that his state, Kwara was doing fine.

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