From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
The Presidency has assured of President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to the fight against corruption, adding that there will no cover up in the findings of the Ribadu report when the report is finally submitted on Friday.
The Senior Sspecial Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said contrary to speculations, President Jonathan was yet to receive or see the report. He said what was prematurely released to the media was the draft copy. “For the avoidance of doubt, the president has neither seen nor received any copy of the Ribadu committee report.
Essentially, what appears to have been irregularly released prematurely to the media is a draft copy, which still requires full accent of all members of the committee and clarifications and due process from the originating ministry before the official handing over to the Presidency.
“President Jonathan should be commended for his personal resolve to fight institutionalised corruption in Nigeria. President Jonathan ordered the probe of the oil industry for the period of 10 years (2002 – 2011), which also covers the tenure of his administration. No president in our history has gone this far and this explains why the rot in our system has persisted for so long.
“President Jonathan approved the appointment of a well-known corruption crusader, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who ran against him during the presidential election on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). It is also noteworthy that the Secretary of the committee, Mr. Supo Sasore was a former attorney general of Lagos State under an ACN government. “President Jonathan’s unwavering and commendable determination to fight corruption is clearly demonstrated by his approval of the appointment of credible Nigerians, anti-corruption crusaders and members of the opposition party in the committee.
“The efforts of President Jonathan have also helped in exposing the fraud in the Petroleum Subsidy Regime dug up by Aig Imokhuede’s committee. The indicted persons are currently being tried in various courts,” he said.
“For the purpose of clarity, President Jonathan’s resolve to fight against corruption and dig out all the rots in the system should not be misconstrued or politicised by the opposition as if it is his administration that is guilty of corruption, rather, he should be commended for taken the bold step that will ultimately sanitise the policy and the system,” he said.