The book was inspired by Mallam Ribadu’s experiences during his quarter century of public service as well as the years he spent living in exile in the United Kingdom and the United States where he continued his commitment to good governance in Nigeria and across the globe.
The book is structurally divided into three moments of his life. The first section covers his childhood through school life, but particularly in family settings where he learnt those early lessons in public concerns from his parents and teachers.
The second section has been published as an extended monograph in the United States through Mallam Ribadu’s collaboration with co-author, Caroline Lambert, and the Center for Global Development. It covers his professional life in law enforcement roles, and in the terrain of anti-graft enforcement in particular.
The last section represents Mallam Ribadu’s current reflections on how to regenerate the energies necessary for our country to reset its social, political and economic valve. He focuses on nine policy themes and briefly highlights some of the critical issues that can be addressed to bring about that urgent improvement in the well being of our people.
Since his return to Nigeria in the middle of this year, his new terrain of engagement has shifted sharply to politics as a means of continuing his public service. After extensive consultation, and the compelling pull of many young compatriots who ask that we all return to the abandoned task of rebuilding our badly abused nation, Mallam Ribadu not too long ago made known his intention to run for our country’s top executive level office. The last section of this book is therefore his own blueprint for the new Nigerian century of hope and rebirth.
In the words of Paul Wolfowitz, former dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, and former President of the World Bank, “My Story; My Vision is a compelling account of some of the challenges and successes of (fighting corruption) and it provides a valuable analysis of how developing countries can battle this scourge that keeps so many of them poor and how the rest of the world can help”.
Also to be presented is a revealing book on Mallam Ribadu: entitled “A PARADISE FOR MAGGOTS: The Story of a Nigerian Anti-graft Czar”. The book is written by Wale Adebanwi, assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, USA.
Adebanwi’s book is an elegant analysis of corruption in Nigeria and the role Mallam Ribadu played in stemming the scourge. It is praised by author of Africa’s most famous novel, Professor Chinua Achebe - who wrote the foreword - as “a salient document depicting an important crusader for justice.’
On his part, Professor Richard Joseph, author of one of the most acclaimed scholarly accounts of democratic governance in Nigeria, ‘Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria,’ states that the question that confronts readers of Adebanwi’s ‘searing expose’ is this: ‘Will the cesspools of corruption in Nigeria be forever drained and will this great nation discover the path to democratic prosperity?
Ahead of the 2011 General Elections, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, will unveil his official campaign website (www.nuhuribadu.com) on Monday, December 13, 2010. The interactive multi-media platform which will showcase the programmes and activities of Mallam Ribadu will offer unique features and will be radically different from other campaign websites in the country.
On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, Mallam Ribadu will formally make a public declaration to contest for president in the 2011 general elections. The event takes place at International Conference Centre. Mallam Ribadu will have the chance to present his programmes and plans to Nigerians.
The policies he will be proposing are policies that will enable the country manage the difficulties that our citizens are presently grappling with. Being mindful of the fact that problems which took several decades to seed, take root and consolidate will not be amenable to quick fixes, these are not quick fixes. They are structured to tackle immediate problems in the short term even as medium and long-term challenges are kept in focus and solutions to them carefully worked out.
He will focus on nine policy themes and briefly highlight some of the critical issues that can be addressed to improve the well being of our own people. The policy themes are Human Capital Development, the Economy, Infrastructure, Governance, Youth Employment, Agriculture and Food Security, Defence and National Security, Niger Delta, and Foreign Policy.
Head of Media, Ribadu Campaign Organisation