Former Lagos State commissioner of police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, yesterday lampooned the special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Public Affairs, Dr Reuben Abati, over his attack on former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu.
In a statement, Tsav said Abati left the substance of the discourse and resorted to blackmail saying instead of calling the former anti-corruption czar names such as hypocrite and liar, the presidential spokesman should have countered the statement by Ribadu that Nigeria is a sinking ship.
He said: “Dr Reuben Abati amuses me as the defender of indefensible by severally contradicting himself in order to keep his job. If Nuhu Ribadu said ‘Nigeria is sinking’, we expect the presidency to say Nigeria is not sinking and to give reasons to convince Nigerians that Nigeria is not sinking, rather than leave the substance to pursue the shadow by resorting to blackmail.
“If Ribadu is a hypocrite as alleged by Abati, is Nigeria truly not sinking? Is there no endemic corruption, insecurity, injustice, injustice, poor medical services, bad roads, dilapidated educational system, unemployment, disregard for the rule of law, culture of impunity in Nigeria?
“Dr Abati is a greater hypocrite. The Abati I used to know and admire at Rutam House is different from the Abati now in Aso Rock. Man must chop but lies negate the ethics of journalism,” Tsav said.