I think there is every reason to be more concerned about Nigeria’s human rights stance. Under the new dispensation, Bloggers are been detained, a TV station shut, and newspaper editors harassed and offices sealed. The latest harassment happened over the weekend at Kuru during Nuhu Ribadu’s graduation from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). Ribadu is the former Chairman of the anti corruption outfit under former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Nigerian Guardian reports:
Security operatives yesterday dragged the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, from the graduation ceremonies at the NIPSS. Ribadu, who had successfully completed his course at the NIPSS, was at the Unity Hall of the institute where he and other colleagues were seated, waiting to be conferred with the Members of the National Institute (mni) when the operatives pounced on him.
Ribadu has this to say about his experience:
“They (security operatives) forced me out of the hall with 40 members of my family and friends, who have come to rejoice with me.
“I don’t know why it has to be that way since I was not made aware of the plan on ground not for me to graduate. I was forced out; I don’t know why it has to be like that.
“You (journalists) cannot come even if I said you should come. They (the security men) would not allow you in. They forced me out of the graduation hall and took me to a hidden location within the premises.”
Ribadu has been engaged in running battle with the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the EFCC.
The NPF had demoted him shortly before he was forced out of the EFCC and made to attend the mandatory course at Kuru. Ribadu not only rejected the demotion, but went to court to challenge the NPF.
The EFCC on the other hand appears to have commenced investigating his activities as the Chairman of the EFCC, a move Ribadu has challenged in court as well.
Whatever the beef is, it certainly does not justify how Ribadu is being treated. These recent happenings are a sharp departure from the picture Mr Yar’Adua painted when he assumed office last year, when he refered to himself as a “master servant” who strongly believe in rule of law.
What happened between then and now, one can only wonder.