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Mohammed Ahmed Marafa

As Nigeria’s President, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu continues to appoint his leadership team to steer the affairs of the country, the likelihood of Nuhu Ribadu emerging as the National Security Adviser (NSA) is not only a step in the right direction, but a promise of an era of safety and national transformation.

Born on November 21, 1960, in Yola, Adamawa State, Ribadu’s journey towards becoming a renowned figure in Nigerian public service began with his early education. He attended Aliyu Mustapha Primary School and Yelwa Government Secondary School in Yola before pursuing his A-level studies at the College of Preliminary Studies. In 1980, he gained admission to study law at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, graduating in 1983 and subsequently being called to the bar in 1984.

Ribadu’s pursuit of knowledge didn’t stop there. He furthered his education by obtaining an LLM degree with a focus on the jurisprudence of corruption in Nigeria from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 2008, he attended a program on the strategic management of law enforcement agencies at Harvard Business School, enhancing his expertise in the field.

At a time when Nigeria faces increasingly complex security challenges, Nuhu Ribadu, a former anti-corruption czar and celebrated law enforcement officer possesses the requisite skills and experience to serve as Nigeria’s National Security Adviser.

Ribadu who served as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he successfully led investigations and prosecutions of high-profile corruption cases, has a remarkable track record in law enforcement, particularly in the area of anti-corruption. Ribadu’s experience in dealing with criminal networks and his understanding of their operational methods would be invaluable in tackling Nigeria’s security challenges.

As EFCC chairman Ribadu demonstrated his exceptional strategic thinking abilities. He spearheaded numerous high-profile investigations and employed innovative approaches to combat corruption. These skills are directly applicable to the role of the National Security Adviser, where the ability to analyze complex security threats, develop effective strategies, and coordinate intelligence activities is essential.

It could be recalled that as EFCC chairman, Ribadu had the responsibility of building strong relationships with various national and international law enforcement agencies. His extensive networks within the security community would be instrumental in enhancing Nigeria’s collaboration with foreign partners in counter-terrorism, intelligence sharing, and capacity building. Ribadu’s connections would contribute to improved regional security, which is vital for addressing transnational threats.

Also, Ribadu’s reputation as a principled and effective law enforcement officer extends beyond Nigeria’s borders. His work has been recognized and applauded by various international organizations and governments. Appointing Ribadu as the National Security Adviser would enhance Nigeria’s image and signal the government’s commitment to tackling security challenges with utmost seriousness.

As applicable in most African countries, security challenges are often rooted in complex socioeconomic issues, including poverty, unemployment, and corruption. Ribadu’s experience in addressing corruption, economic crimes, and illicit financial flows provides him with a deep understanding of these interconnected factors. This insight would enable him to adopt a holistic approach to national security, addressing both the symptoms and underlying causes of instability.

Beyond his days of service as EFCC chairman, Ribadu has consistently demonstrated his commitment to Nigeria’s security and welfare. As the National Security Adviser, it is a fact that Ribadu’s commitment to protecting the country’s interests would undoubtedly drive his efforts to implement robust security measures and address the root causes of insecurity.

As Young people who are mostly at the receiving end of insecurities, we earnestly look forward to this particular announcement that will bring hope and optimism, and a leadership with strategic approach to effectively address the country’s security concerns.

Marafa is a politician in Adamawa and wrote this from Abuja