Nuhu Ribadu, is among eight individuals and organisations recognised at the Third annual Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award 2018.
The pioneer chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu with honorees from Asia, America, Africa, Oceania and Europe were recognised for their role in curtailing corruption at an event held Friday in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Nuhu Ribadu and Leonard Frank McCarthy emerged the two winners in the category of Anti-Corruption Lifetime Achievement.
Held to coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, the winners were presented their award by Tamim Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar; Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad; the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov; and the Qatari Attorney General Ali Al-Marri.
Nuhu Ribadu was nominated for the award by Nigerian nonprofit, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).
Organisers said the nominations underwent thorough assessment and screening process, before the final approval by the centre’s board.
The winners for this year from Liberia, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, USA and Mexico were presented their Award in support of The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its anti-corruption mandates, specifically, the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
After a long and thorough selection process, the High-Level Committee of the ACE Award, with recommendations from the Assessment and Advisory Board, chose eight recipients across four categories: Anti-Corruption Lifetime or Outstanding Achievement, Anti-Corruption Innovation, Anti- Corruption Youth Creativity and Engagement, and the Anti-Corruption Academic Research And Education.
Nuhu Ribadu was a Nigerian civil servant who argues for actions instead of words as the only way to end corruption. His actions focus on his home country of Nigeria, and the corruption that has robbed the state of huge sums of money while stagnating development.