Nuhu Ribadu Is Nigeria’s First NSA With Non-Military Background Since 1999
Ribadu is the third retired police officer to be appointed to the position.
News Agency of Nigeria
President Bola Tinubu on Monday appointed Nuhu Ribadu as the National Security Adviser, the first without military background since the return to democratic governance in 1999.
The Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federal (OSGF) announcement signed by the Director of Information, Willie Bassey, put to rest the speculations that the president might consider a non-military person for the position.
Ribadu, the first chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), will become the third retired police officer after the late Gambo Jimeta and Ismaila Gwarzo to be appointed to the position.
The new NSA, born on November 21, 1960, was an intelligence police operative who retired as Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).
He came to the national limelight as a star prosecutor at the Oputa Panel, created to investigate human rights abuses during the military era.
He was later appointed the Petroleum Special Revenue Task Force’s chairman before becoming the pioneer chairman of the EFCC.
The Federal Government tasked the EFCC to counter corruption and fraud in the country.
Ribadu’s pragmatic approach to intelligence gathering and crime-fighting while in EFCC earned him global recognition and awards.
His remarkable efforts led to the delisting of Nigeria from the Financial Action Task Force List of Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories, admission into the prestigious Egmont Group, and the withdrawal of the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Advisory on Nigeria.
Ribadu was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development, a TED Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Ribadu ran for president of Nigeria under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform in 2011 and had sought to contest Adamawa’s governorship on two occasions but missed out during party primaries.
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