Nuhu Ribadu takes over as NSA, vows to end insecurity

Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Nuhu Ribadu, has officially assumed office as Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, taking over from Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd).

At a brief event held in Abuja on Monday, Ribadu expressed his commitment to fulfilling the expectations of Nigerians and ensuring the safety and security of the country.

“We will stabilise this country, we will secure our country, and we will make Nigeria peaceful because we believe the time has come for this country to enjoy peace, restore order, and uphold the rule of law just like any other country in the world,” Ribadu stated upon assuming office.

Recognising that securing the nation is an ongoing process, Ribadu stressed the need to build upon previous efforts while calling for the support of all stakeholders in discharging their responsibilities and highlighted the President’s commitment to securing every part of Nigeria.

“This enormous task of securing our country is that of all Nigerians and all friends of Nigeria,” Ribadu concluded, as reported by the NSA Office.

Nuhu Ribadu, renowned as the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, previously served as the Special Adviser on Security to President Bola Tinubu on June 15, 2023. However, in an unprecedented shake-up within the country’s security architecture, Monguno was retired as NSA, and Ribadu was elevated as his replacement just four days later.

Ribadu, born on November 21, 1960, in Adamawa State, is widely known for his tenure as EFCC boss from 2003 to 2007.

During his tenure, he prosecuted and secured the conviction of Tafa Balogun, the then Inspector-General of Police, who was ordered to return approximately £150 million under a plea bargain arrangement.

Ribadu holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State and a Master of Laws Degree from the same university.