TASK FORCE REPORT: Presidential aide Doyin Okupe says Nuhu Ribadu is a liar

Published:9 Nov, 2012

The Presidency on Thursday rubbished the Mallam Nuhu Ribadu-led Report on Petroleum Special Task Force. It said the report was incomplete and incapable of indicting anyone.

At a press conference in Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, based his criticism of the report on one of its paragraphs.

Okupe said the paragraph “is an obvious DISCLAIMER (emphasis his) issued by the committee on the entire report, makes it impossible under our laws to indict or punish anyone except, and until, the Federal Government fully verifies and reconciles the facts as recommended by the committee in its submission to the government.”

According to Okupe, the offending paragraph in the report says, “Due to the time frame of the assignment, some of the data used could not be independently verified and the task force recommends that the government should conduct such necessary verifications and reconciliations.”

Okupe blamed Ribadu for the politicisation of the report. He alleged that there was a major public disinformation campaign which, he said, was calculated to overheat the polity and incite Nigerians against the President because of the report.

He said, “For instance on his Facebook page a while ago, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu remarked that he resisted overtures to make him compromise the report and rather than compromising the report, he stayed on the side of the Nigerian people.

“His claim of an overture to him to compromise the report is perfidious and false. We respectfully enjoin Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to be patriotic enough to name the proponents of this compromise.

“If Ribadu claims that to be serving on the committee he is on the side of the Nigeria people, on whose side is President Jonathan whose idea it was in the first place to set up the task Force and approved the appointment of Mallam Ribadu as chairman of the committee?”

Okupe also blamed those who, according to him, leaked the report to the foreign media before it was submitted to Jonathan. He described the people who leaked the report as unpatriotic Nigerians.

The report, which was submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan last week Friday, indicts the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for sundry economic crimes. The report became controversial after the media highlighted some of its findings and recommendations before it was submitted to Jonathan.

via Punch

  • Clement Udegbe

    The Bible declares in the book of Deuteronomy; “see I have set before you this day life and death, and I urge you to choose life”God has given GEJ the choice to make a name for himself, in the history of fights against corruption in the nation, and I believe he is capable of making, and will make the right choice which will be, to subject those indicted by the Ribadu Report to more investigation, and prosecution if necessary.Playing with corruption will take no leader any where in the new Nigeria.No ammount of grand standing by Aides, will submerge the damning revelations in that Report.The so called’ Disclaimer page as, has giving them the window to tinker and water down the report, but that will their Achilles heel, that page 4, I dare say will undo these people.How they handle it, and who they will use will enter the black book of corrupt oil theives of Nigeria.In any case,After fighting to put Ribadu, the Report writter down,GEJ, I think, will still meet the aspirations of majority of Nigerians, which is to use that Report, and sanitise the Oil Sector.The Presidency for now, I think, want to ensure that Ribadu does not shine more than the Oga.Ribadu should not have tried to shine, because he started to shine, the day God gave him that assignment,so after putting down Ribadu, they will face the real music in Ribadu’s Report.The ostrich by hiding his head from the wind, did not hide successfully from watchers and observers. Again, if a man buries him self, his arm will stick out!Since this is an Oil matter, in the words of GEJ, it is an oily business, and He knows how to handle it.We all are watching and in the fullness of time, Nigerians will have the last say.

  • Nwagwu Cornell

    vintage okupe good at his beat and Ribadu ? true to type

  • Simon Elaigwu

    How can a drunker be a captain of a ship & 1 expect a resonable co sailors? D same Okupe made away wit huge amount of money blonging to benue state gov’t yet he is d mouth piz of GEJ.

  • hamza

    Why is GEJ angry at Nuhu Ribadu’s phrase of “being on the side of the people?” Does he feel that he (GEJ) is target of Nuhu? Its funny that he feels that way. If he was “on the side of the people”, he wouldn’t feel offended by Nuhu’s claim!

  • USMAN Shehu

    Hmmm!! Don’t mess with the cabal.

  • Mee

    This is a typical case of giving a dog a bad name to hang it. What is wrong with us sef? Govt sets up a Committee, committee submits report, govt agents like them Okupe will use magnifying glass to look for holes where there are none and then bold the percieved holes to discredit the report. Why does Govt bother to set up these committees in the 1st place. Is it to decieve Nigerians that something is being done while in truth they aint interested in doing anything?

  • Muyideen

    Oil biz, very oilly. Wat A????? dumb remark. GEJ should start reading books that can shape his leadership style. And we still have 3years to cope with this, so sad.

  • Otuoze

    Okupe Okupe Okupe how many times have I called you? Nigeria is watching you, Kaduna people are listening to the paid radio interview.

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