April 4th, 2010
At the time of this writing the Nigeria government is known to be strongly requesting to be removed from a list of nations being looked at as a ďnation of interestĒ as it relates to terror watch. This request is particularly being placed before the leader of the free world, the United States of America, under the presidency of Barack Obama. This grand request is certainly on course given the heavy weight of problems the nation now shoulders.
Thank God Nigeria is making a request to be a non terror-related State. Especially when its international image is sometimes portrayed as a society of magical men, women and children with confusing forces, at least these are the images one sees documented and represented in the Nollywood films.
This grand request not to be a terror-related nation is certainly a right move as evidenced by the noble fact that the Nigerian people have no recent history of been an external threat to no other Nation. But same defense cannot be claimed for the ingrained, inside and internal terror-driven systemic behaviors that continue to produce various anxieties and insecurities among the people.
The most damning security threat to the nation remains within the context of the political psychosis or collective confusion, a national infection that extends to various impairments, as the in nature of the psychological politics of corruption, bribery, capital misuse, or money madness and generalized darkness.
The one man in recent times who tried to exemplify the true meaning of public service, public decorum and public patriotism is Nuhu Ribadu. He was nationally discovered, first in 2003 and internationally acknowledged throughout the globe, beginning in 2004, up to 2007 as well as at this time.
He showed to the world that the cost of saving a nation from its self is always extraordinary.
To the good motivation and credit of former president Olusegun Obasenjo, his great pick to save the country from its own creation, would be the lawyer/police professional Nuhu Ribadu. A man, who took on the burden to boldly plant various seeds of true development, transparency, accountability, and stability across the nation. . Ribadu always envisioned Nigeria as a country that is full of capability and wants to be a part of the global economy. So he took on the massive war of societal repair in nigeria.
No society is historically free from domestic or internal strife and challenges, but Ribadu effort from 2003 to 2007 showed to the Nigerian people and to the entire world that Nigeria was strategically hooked with power-hungry extremists with deep anti-national interest.
These were a line of men and women who wallowed in a sub-culture of open criminality, engaging in far reaching disrespect of law and order as well as perpetuating in various aspects of anti-justice forces.
Ribadu who to his credit engaged himself with these elements, within and outside the country, and across the world made some in-roads and positive interference with regard to the overall security of country. At least, this is how he is being viewed across the world. This type of a judgment has also been arrived at by the vast majority of the Nigerian people whose constitution he embraced and enforced in order to protect the common citizen.
From the perspective of civil psychology, Ribaduís short-term contributions goes beyond the successful prosecution and conviction of many legally stained public officials and corporate heads, but his ability to create measures and policies which to some extent pulled the nation from entirely falling into the permanent pit holes of various disasters like national starvation, hurt and damage.
For the people, the day to day irritants include religious terror, politicized religions, cruel behaviors, governmental violence, extra-judicial killings, power breakdown (e.g. electrical insufficiency), gross public or corporate lawlessness. Other common havocs include electoral terrorism by some powerful elements, financial and health-related distress among the disadvantage Nigerians.
The acceptable fact is that within a short span of time, Ribadu with the help of international security agencies mostly in United States of America and United Kingdom, saved and rescued Nigeria from been privatized by a handful of shameless, precarious, brutal and anti-social minds.
Ribadu to his greatness have succeeded in presenting the Nigerian people as a body of deeply resourceful and good nurtured people, who mostly live in a grand nation fully known throughout the sub-Saharan world.
Suddenly, Ribaduís work became somewhat short lived in 2007 when a medically vulnerable president in the person of YaríAdua was surrounded by institutional rogues, political terrorists, economic criminals and so-called educated personalities.
Ribaduís unfinished work was revealed this February in his testimony in the United States Senate where he raised hope for his motherland and pressed for the continued monitoring of the mass corruption in Nigeria. This is certainly encouraging.
He has indicated that in spite of his near death experience in Nigeria, day before he escaped from Nigeria late last year, his work continues. Therefore his on going crusade needs broader support during this transforming period in Nigeria.
To optimize the on-going work in Nigeria, let us hope he is able to return to the country soon but to a more powerful advisory and executive role under the current transient presidency.
Letís hope that with his outstanding public work and service becomes an attraction for highly placed ethical, professional and reputable Nigerian natives in the Diaspora. His enduring labor against the mischievous and unethical acts of some in the leadership as we all know slowed down with his sudden removal from chairmanship of the Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) in December, 2007 . This act of wrong was followed by a hasty demotion of his most senior police rank on August of 2008.
Tagged along this shame, is the mark of open dishonor meted on him by some impious and appalling officials who organized his removal from the graduation hall in August, 2008 in the presence of other graduates of the National institute of policy and strategic studies. At the end in December of 2008, a few days to Christmas he was sacked from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Ribaduís strength of mind is cause for some of us to take the bold action to return home with him or when called upon, especially those with highly specialized positions in the advanced world, so we could play our part in a way that is not about personal fortune or self-interest but about the larger good of the society.
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D, is a practicing Forensic /Clinical Psychologist, and the Interim Associate Dean of Behavioral Science at the North Campus of the Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida.