Thursday, 13 June 2013

ABU Students Lambasted Presidency Attack On Ribadu



Students of the Ahmadu University, Zaria, Kaduna State, on Wednesday lambasted the Presidency for attacking former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, over a statement credited to him.
photo Students of the Ahmadu University, Zaria, Kaduna State, on Wednesday lambasted the Presidency for attacking former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, over a statement credited to him.
Specifically, the students said they noted with utter consternation and disappointment, the reaction by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
They said the way and manner the presidential spokesman attacked the former EFCC boss was “disheartening and uncivilised”.
The students statement read, “With all due respect to the revered Presidency, the way and manner the presidential adviser came out and launched his characteristic campaign of calumny against perceived opponents to his boss, this time against Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, in the national dailies, is very disheartening.”
The President of the ABU’s Representatives Council, Abubakar Rafindadi, in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, said government should learn to be tolerant of the opposition in order to move the country forward.
Rafindadin said a situation where the government viewed every criticism as a way to bring the administration down was unacceptable.
He said it might sound paradoxical for a government that took pride in saying that it “consistently (upholds) the rule of law and respect for fundamental human rights” to berate Nigerian, who lawfully expressed his opinion, as guaranteed by the law of the land.
He further argued that if Nigeria would move forward politically, leaders would need to learn to tolerate the opposition, allow the freedom of expression to be exercised and look at things in proper perspectives.
He said, “Decontextualising issues for personal and/or political reasons will not help our drive for a more prosperous, egalitarian and united Nigeria.”
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