Nuhu Ribadu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, has officially assumed the position of National Security Adviser in Nigeria, taking over from Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd).
During a brief ceremony held in Abuja on Monday, Ribadu expressed his dedication to meeting the expectations of Nigerians and ensuring the safety and security of the country.
“We will bring stability to this country, we will secure our nation, and we will make Nigeria a peaceful place because we believe it is time for our country to enjoy peace, restore order, and uphold the rule of law like any other country in the world,” Ribadu stated upon assuming office.
Acknowledging that securing the nation is an ongoing process, Ribadu emphasized the importance of building upon previous efforts and called for the support of all stakeholders in fulfilling their responsibilities. He also highlighted the President’s commitment to securing every part of Nigeria.
“This significant task of securing our country is the responsibility of all Nigerians and friends of Nigeria,” Ribadu concluded, as reported by the NSA Office.
Prior to his appointment as National Security Adviser, Ribadu served as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and previously held the position of Special Adviser on Security to President Bola Tinubu on June 15, 2023. However, following a major restructuring in the country’s security architecture, Monguno was retired as NSA, and Ribadu was appointed as his successor just four days later.
Born on November 21, 1960, in Adamawa State, Ribadu is widely recognized for his tenure as the head of the EFCC from 2003 to 2007. During his leadership, he successfully prosecuted and secured the conviction of Tafa Balogun, the former Inspector-General of Police, who was ordered to return approximately £150 million as part of a plea bargain arrangement.
Ribadu holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State, as well as a Master of Laws Degree from the same university.