A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, has said he is in politics to deal with corrupt persons.Ribadu spoke in Abuja on Wednesday as the special guest at the ‘National Stakeholders Workshop on the Recovery and Management of Recovered Assets’ organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption. The event was organised by the Prof. Itse Sagay-led PACAC and The Commonwealth Secretariat, which was represented by its Director, Rule of Law Division, Katalaina Sapolu.
Speaking at the workshop, Ribadu said, “Considering the care we took in handling whatever was in our custody, I find it baffling and disheartening when I hear people make insinuations about how we handled recovered assets. It is the most unfair remark but certainly not totally surprising as the fight against corruption is essentially a thankless job, especially in our climes. That was why I was telling Prof. (Itse Sagay), that ‘don’t bother sir, people will abuse you, don’t say anything’. This is the job. We are hurting people, we are taking things from those who took things desperately and we denied them chance to make good use of it and enjoy it with their families. I’m still paying dearly. In my own madness, I decided to go into politics and I am still paying for it. But I’m not bothered; I will continue fighting to the last of my breath. If I’m given the opportunity, I will do it again.”