THE announcement of former presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2011 presidential election, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as chairman of the Task Force on Petroleum sector immediately set off some sparks.
There were concerns whether the former anti-corruption czar would accept the offer.
Investigations by the Nigerian Tribune, however, confirmed that the man was most certainly going to accept the offer, due to international and local pressure.
Sources close to Ribadu said he had come under intense pressure in recent months to accept to serve the nation and help in shoring up the accountability quotient, especially in the oil sector.
Ribadu was originally pencilled in as a special adviser on anti-corruption by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, before he succumbed to pressure to contest the 2011 election.
Sources, however, said with the United Nations job in Afghanistan coming to an end, the time was ripe for Ribadu to accept to serve his fatherland again.
A source quoted Ribadu as having said that he was not opposed to serving the nation in any capacity, as far as it would not conflict with his assignment with the UN.
“When a new wave of pressure mounted again last month in the wake of the national outrage over the removal of oil subsidy, Ribadu was unreachable,” said a family source, adding that he was at the time at a Manchester hospital in the United Kingdom, attempting to help save the life of his only sister.