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Northern Nigeria Most Backward People In The World – Nuhu Ribadu



Nuhu Ribadu

The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday declared that people from the Northern Nigeria are the “most backward people in this world.”

He made the declaration while describing the Almajiri system as the worst form of human rights abuse.

Speaking at the launch of “Sect and social disorder” and “Quaranic Schools in Northern Nigeria”, books edited by Abdul Rafau Mustapha and Hannah Hoechner in Abuja, Ribadu said the boys in the Almajiri system were often victims of violence.

He said, “I am from Yola, we have similar culture with Kaduna, Kano but we don’t have Almajiri, what is happening? We are also Muslims. There are lots of areas where we have similar things. Which education are we talking about, these are some things that are incredible and you don’t know where to start.

“There is no worse – in the form of violation and abuse of rights more than the Almajiri system, yet people are justifying it comfortably calling themselves as products of it. I think we have to look at it crucially otherwise we will continue to go that direction that we will not be able to solve her problems.


“We are the most backward people in this world, the society of northern Nigeria. Look at all the indices in the world today, we are the worst why? How can we continue to deny ourselves our future?”

“I worked on many of those crises and conflicts as a member of the investigation team and tribunal, I was in Zango Kataf, I was in Tafawa Balewa, I was in Kaduna religious crisis, I was among the prosecutors of El-Zakzaky in the 1990s.

“During the Kaduna religious disturbance of 2000, we visited where they buried the victims along Birnin Gwari road, they opened the graves for us, what I saw is still haunting me. There were bodies, all of them young boys, no girls that is talking about Almajiri – boys over 100 buried in mass graves and no identity, not a single one of them had a name and they were all buried, I got interested in this.

“I said let me see and get it touch with those who are responsible for it. They were victims of the crisis that took place in Kaduna because of the Sharia riots. They said they did not have their identity or Mallam responsible for them? They said no. Did anyone come to complain that they have lost a child?

“They said no. I was also in interpol, I had a duty to do outside Nigeria. I flew British Airways few days after that and the governor who introduced Sharia to Nigeria had his kids there and they all went to the first class. It was terrible for me. I could not say anything throughout the flight. The sight of those young boys, buried, unidentified – nobody is talking about it, the families never even complained, not even their so-called mallams.”



  1. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Northern Nigeria and Yorubas are the most backwards people in the world

  2. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    U got u it right sir but ur people never believed it and they don’t want to work on it.they believe it’s a sin to acquire western education.

  3. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Waking up from sleep.

  4. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    From the beginning their leaders enslaved them with so call religion and made them illiterate, meanwhile we have Muslims in other parts of the Country doing well.
    Now it’s almost too late for them, that was why they formed boko haram to force other people to be like them.
    Even free education, they will not go, and the children of their leaders are in best schools in the world.

  5. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm

  6. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm

  7. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Yes, because they don’t love peace, and where there is no peace progress will be little, they believe in killing innocent people for Allah, gradually foreigners will evacuate the land and it will remain lonely.

  8. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    They are always in love with their oppressors!
    They are good followers without sense.

  9. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 8:11 am

    true talk.
    lol goat head all

  10. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 4:21 am

    But you still have the presidency why the complaints

  11. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 3:34 am

    They are the architect of their backwardness.

  12. Anonymous

    August 18, 2018 at 2:46 am

    This man nah mugu aboki good morning

  13. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    PMB is example…

  14. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Maybe not world but definitely country.

  15. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    It’s in your gene to be backward, no remedy!

  16. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm


  17. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Is that why you people are jealous of other tribes, Fighting them with your boko haram and headsman?

  18. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm


  19. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    They are extremely mentally hypnotized by religion and northern political elites.

    The northern politicians like their zombified conditions so that will remain perpetually defeated and slaves to them to their selfish interest.

    This is the same thing they want to spread to the Southern part in the name of one untrue indivisible nation.

    Restructure this Nation as trajectory for viable economic growth and development but Buhari refuses to do so.

    Any promise of economic this and that by Buhari under this current national structure is nothing but a programmed concocted deceit. This is why year after year we cannot see the impacts of the trillions passed in the budget.

    Time is now to vote out all the incompetent LEADERS.

    Somebody like Ribadu should be part of good political team of any true gov’t.

  20. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    British dictatorship terrorist government created Islamic northern as terrorists and thats what are doing and will die in it terrorists rigoin

  21. Anonymous

    August 17, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Oga, tell dem so dat d can change oooh

  22. Dr. Peter Ejirika,CPA

    August 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Nigeria is used to killing of Ibos in one form or the other, ie either as christians or as non muslims. Awusa Fulani started killing the Ibos since 1908 and they shown no tendency to stop.

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We’re Winning War Against Corruption — Buhari




President Muhammadu Buhari has again declared that his administration was winning the war against corruption in the country.

He said the successes recorded so far by anti-graft agencies, especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had bolstered Nigeria’s international image.

Buhari added that his government was poised to use cutting-edge information technology to strengthen the achievements and ensure that no government financial transaction was done in secret.

He assured that he would work towards making sure that reforms were deepened in such a way that there would be no hiding place for looters.

The President stated these on Tuesday in Kaduna at the Passing out parade of Detective Inspector Course Five, of the EFCC.


Buhari said: “The fight against corruption is becoming much more effective. I make bold to say that Nigeria is winning the war against corruption. We have been working within the frameworks of National Action Plan for Open Government Partnership (OGP), National Anti-Corruption Strategy which is an adaptation of United Nations Convention against Corruption and the Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR).

“Several of the reforms have been effective for several years with great impact on revenue and expenditure management. These include; the Government Integrated, Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS), Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), Treasury Single Account, and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

“Executive Orders, such as Preservation of Suspicious Assets Connected with Corruption (Executive Order 6), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Act 2018; and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2018 have been operating for a few years and effectively limiting system opportunities for corrupt practices.

“This administration, right from the inception, aligned with the Open Governance Partnership and Global Forum for Asset Recovery in addition to existing commitments to African Union and Economic Community of West African States’ Conventions Against Corruption, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

“These frameworks focus significantly on systems reforms in order to prevent corruption. Nigeria’s active participation in these global anti-corruption platforms means that the country is subjecting itself to periodic review of its progress in implementing the articles of conventions thus the fight against corruption.

”Our fight against corruption is being recognised by the international community as real and effective. The face of the country abroad is also changing as the international community is beginning to see Nigeria making substantial progress in the enthronement of transparency, accountability and good governance.

“The President of the 7th Session of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) had this to say when announcing Nigeria as Vice Chairman of Conference of State Parties: ‘It is an election well-deserved. Nigeria has demonstrated remarkable determination in the fight against corruption.’ Nigeria retained the position of vice chair of the 8th Session.

“During the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties, the Implementation Review Group Report also noted the high number of Asset Recovery cases successfully initiated by Nigeria in cooperation with other countries under the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) framework.”

Stressing that his administration was poised to use cutting-edge information technology to combat administrative corruption and espouse fiscal transparency, Buhari explained that all government financial transactions would soon be done in the open with the implementation of the various reform agenda.

The President noted that the various national reforms and collaborative efforts with international organisations were designed to strengthen anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria.

His words: “My resolve is to ensure that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption. My aim is to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and all are subjected to public scrutiny.

“The objective of this administration is to institute a level of transparency in governance through mainly information technology platforms. Just as advanced democracies and some developing countries, I am determined that within a short period, citizens would be able to follow core government operations on line.

“Our government has reached advanced stage in Fiscal Transparency. The Appropriation Bill is placed online within hours of its presentation in National Assembly. The Budget Office of the Federation has been engaging interest groups in the budget cycle. A pilot scheme of 10 MDAs has been test running online display of their budgets and expenditure movements.

“Our commitment to online disclosure of Beneficial Owners of Companies generally within the framework of the Corporate Affairs Commission and in the extractive industries through Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) is on course.

“I am aware the portals are ready but owners of companies are unwilling to comply with all disclosure requirements. I urge all well-meaning Nigerians to fully comply.”

The President said he was “determined that recovered assets are effectively managed with greater impact on fiscal operations of government and social investment policies of our administration.”

He praised efforts of the EFCC in making the war against corruption effective.

He added: “I have listened attentively to the report in the speech presented by the Chairman of EFCC. The report is an attestation that right policies have been put in place to fight corruption and the fight is becoming much more effective.

“I congratulate the EFCC on its good work and I urge that the current level of success be sustained and accelerated.”

Buhari also expressed happiness that the EFCC was making steady progress by the recruitment, training and deployment of a special force of 665 cadets to its zonal offices within the past two years.

In his opening remarks, the acting Chairman of the EFCC. Ibrahim Magu, stated that corruption was deadlier than cancer, coronavirus, Ebola virus and Lassa fever.

He also said the commission secured 1,893 convictions between 2015 and December 2019.

Magu added: “Corruption is worse than cancer, Ebola virus, coronavirus and all other deadly diseases put together. Corruption is responsible for the insecurity and other vices experienced in Nigeria today and if we can remove corruption from our system, insecurity will disappear.

”In 2015, 103 convictions were secured. By 2016, 195 convictions were recorded, 314 convictions in 2018 and over 1,281 convictions in 2019.”

Magu also said that the commission was “currently developing its Statement of Strategy for 2020 to 2025, in line with the five pillars of National Anti-Corruption Strategy.”

He added that the EFCC, with the support of development partners, has built one of the best investigative laboratories in West Africa.

The laboratories, according to him, have aided investigators and prosecutors in achieving accuracy and deployment of “incontrovertible” evidence in courts.

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Sacking Service Chiefs Will Threaten National Unity — Presidency



The Presidency on Tuesday said sacking service chiefs would create cracks in the country and threaten national unity.

The Presidency added that there were processes that should be followed in the disengagement of heads of security agencies insisting that “at the right time, those processes will be followed.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, stated this at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, during the public presentation of a book titled, ‘CAN, Religion and Power in Nigeria,’ written by a former General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samuel Salifu.

He said, “Well, I don’t think this (sacking of service chiefs) is appropriate for this forum; you don’t sack people like that. There are processes and I believe that at the opportune (sic) time, those processes will be followed.

“We need everybody to be on board. We need synergy within the intelligence community, within the military formations that will help fight this war. We are in a very difficult situation and when we begin to create cracks and divisions who will be the beneficiaries?”


The SGF described the book as a reservoir of information, history and past years of struggle.

At the event, Ijaw leader and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, represented by a former Nigerian Ambassador to Scandinavia, Godknows Igali, attributed the insecurity and disunity in the country to religious differences.

Clark said, “No religion should be regarded as superior to another or be given priority consideration. For instance, the whole country and indeed the international community is watching out to see how Mr President will handle the next appointments for the Presidency of the Court of Appeal as the current occupier bows out and the position becomes vacant on March 4, 2020. It is also the same for the service chiefs which will soon be vacant. My prayer is that Mr President will do the correct thing.”

The President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, advised government to put an end to the killings in the country.

He said, “It will be good to make sure that those in government fight violence in Nigeria. Because if they fail to accomplish a Nigeria where there is peace and security, it will be sad and it will be part of their history forever and ever.”

A former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan said Nigeria would stand and flourish only when Muslims and Christians walk together to make religion a factor of stability, unity, peace and prosperity.



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Muslims And Christians Are All Sons Of Abraham, Buhari Tells Nigerians



A statement has been released by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, February 18 in commemoration of the abduction of Leah Sharibu who is the only remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in Boko Haram’s den.

President Buhari disclosed that no one can force Nigerians to change their religion against their will because everyone has the right to practice any religion of their choice.

While regretting that Leah Sharibu is still in captivity, Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration will continue working towards emsuring Leah Sharibu and other children in captivity regain their freedom.

The statement reads;



On the second anniversary of Dapchi, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria makes the following statement:

Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.

Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.

This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.

As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God.

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