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Nuhu Ribadu , ACN Presidential Candidate
The presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the April 16, 2011 election, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, is to begin a three-week country governance audit of Afghanistan as part of a six-man international monitoring team set up by the United Nations under the “Afghanistan Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee”.
A statement by Ribadu’s media aide, Ibrahim Modibbo, said the ACN presidential candidate left Nigeria for Afghanistan last Tuesday to join five other team members in Dubai who together travelled to Kabul where they were expected to fine tune the strategy of curbing corruption in the troubled country.
While in Afghanistan, the statement said, the committee’s duties, according to briefing papers from the Department of Foreign International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office, include a review of the social, political, economic and cultural conditions giving life to corruption in the country, which they tag “drivers of corruption.”
The group is also expected to make a sustainable proposal on how to curb the crime and moral ill that has ravaged the image and international standing of the conflict-ridden country.
It noted that aside from offering best “approach and principles” of fighting corruption on a legal basis”, the monitoring team, according to its mandate, is also expected to propose ways of ensuring that international aid and development financing to Afghanistan meets with the country’s “national priorities”.
Afghanistan (ranked 176th) is the third most corrupt country, with a CPI (corruption perception index) of 1.4 according to Transparency International (TI), with only Somalia (178) and Myanmar (176) ranked worst. Nigeria is ranked 134 with a CPI of 2.4 among the 178 countries ranked.
According to the statement, members of the committee who were appointed late last year commenced work on April 21 with a teleconference on the task at hand and how to achieve their mission, adding that the monitoring and evaluation is expected to help the Afghanistan government in its fight against corruption and also guide the international community on how best to relate with the country.
It also stated that even though the committee is expected to complete its work in two years, the task would not affect Ribadu’s national priorities and his continued commitment to the growth and development of Nigeria.
It stressed that “it is Mr Ribadu’s contribution to the global fight against corruption that has gotten him this recognition. This will however not deter him from playing his roles as a responsible citizen and political leader in our country.
“You know, his party, the ACN, controls six states and Mr. Ribadu will do all he can to ensure that the governors of those six states bring the dividends of democracy to their people in order to let Nigerians know that the ACN is the best party to rule the country,” it said.
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What Does Bin Laden’s Death Tell Us About Hard Power?
Four men and one woman lay dead—among them, Osama bin Laden. The operation, which was planned for months, came after years of searching and intelligence gathering. In the end, it was America’s use of “hard power“ and the strategic interrogations of detainees that brought about an end to the terrorist mastermind. But make no mistake, the long war against terrorism is not over.
Thankfully, bin Laden is gone, but the terrorist threat still remains, along with continued operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. That work is vital to ensuring that another 9/11 does not occur and that another bin Laden does not emerge from the abyss to attack our homeland and our people. But despite those conflicts—and a new one in Libya—President Barack Obama has called for $400 billion in cuts to our already overstretched military, undermining its constitutional role of protecting America.
Jim Talent, distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former U.S. senator explains:
The Navy has fewer ships than at any time since 1916. The Air Force inventory is smaller and older than at any time since the service came into being in 1947. The Army has missed several generations of modernization, and many of its soldiers are on their fourth or fifth tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Reserves have been on constant mobilization; many vital programs, such as missile defense, have been cut; and in the past two years, no fewer than 50 modernization programs have been ended.
Giving our military the tools and funding it needs is one of five key steps America must take to win the long war on terror, according to Heritage’s James Carafano. Others include finishing the job in Afghanistan and Iraq, continuing to hold terrorists accountable, staying alert on the home front and utilizing security measures that maintain our freedom and safety. Carafano writes:
Now is the wrong time to take the foot off the pedal in the effort to crush the transnational terrorist threats aimed at the United States and its friends and allies. There is important work for Washington to do to ensure that the likes of al-Qaeda never threaten Americans with the likes of 9/11 again.
That’s why this May, The Heritage Foundation will focus on the need for American leaders to commit themselves to our country’s defense during the third annual Protect America Month. The month will include special Heritage publications, events and speeches by national leaders. The Honorable Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will deliver the opening address on Thursday, May 5, discussing the state of our military. All events will be streamed live at Heritage.org. Click here to view the full schedule.
Just as killing bin Laden was not the work of one man or one woman, ensuring our common defense and winning the war on terror is not just a Republican or a Democrat issue. Over the past 20 years, administrations of both political parties have underfunded the military—all while increasing our military’s commitments abroad to confront an increasingly hostile world, without sustaining the capabilities necessary to fulfill them. That is tremendously unfair to the servicemen and women who protect us, and highly dangerous to the American people.
The death of bin Laden was a tremendous victory, but the war is not yet over. We ask our military men and women to put their lives on the line in order to protect America. Now it’s up to Congress and the president to give them the tools they need to get the job done today and into the future