The Nigerian government and its people continue to pay attention to corruption. Every aspect of public life is affected by corruption; the country’ s social, political, and economic growth continues to be undermined as development efforts are affected by corruption.
Most Nigerians are shocked by the staggering amount of money found or reported stolen in Nigeria. Because of Buhari’ s fierce personality, many Nigerians believe that every corrupt politician in the country should be at alert. During the election campaign, President Muhammadu Buhari promised, among other things, to clean up criminals and expose financial crimes in the government.
Buhari said in his opening speech on May 29, 2015: I have no problem with anyone in the previous government. There is nothing to be afraid of. We do not look for anyone in particular. Fear of the consequences of one’ s actions should be the only worry.
Meanwhile, here are some of the major scandals that dominated the headlines in 2016. Stay with us till the end.
Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum- Pulse Nigeria’ s website is dominated by a large number of headlines, which involve the former oil minister suspected of stealing huge amounts of money
She was called Jezebel by some Nigerians, and they couldn’ t stand the money she stole. The former oil minister is accused of stealing more than 20 billion U. S. dollars from Nigeria.
Patrick Akpobolokemi, former head of NIMASA
According to media reports, he was also one of the most notorious ex- government officials to have stolen money from the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA). Over N12b was allegedly stolen by Akpobolokemi, who used numerous firms to divert the money.
Sambo Dasuki and the arms deal scandal
As a result of unsatisfactory military equipment, many soldiers died as a result of the alleged misappropriation of funds budgeted for the Army to fight Boko Haram. There are allegations that the former National Security Advisor (NSA) transferred and monitored over $2. 1 billion to numerous people and also sponsored GEJ’ s second- term bid.
Olisa Metuh, former PDP spokesman
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ex- spokesperson lost his voice after it was proved he received N400m from the Dasuki loot. Reports say Metuh received the money as payment for work he executed for the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Musiliu Obanikoro and the missing funds – There are rumors that Dasuki’ s forbidden fruit was eaten by the former state minister of state for defense.
N4. 7b was reported to have been collected by Obanikoro and shared with several people, including Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose & Senator Iyiola Omisore. According to his plea agreement, the former minister has repaid the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over N100 million.
Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, the civil servant – This civil servant managed to steal N40b from the Nigeria Customs Service scoffers (NCS).
He was arrested by EFCC, which came as a shock to many. Bail was set for the former NCS boss after he transferred N1b to the Federal Government. This civil servant reportedly stole N40b from the coffers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
Alex Badeh, former Chief of staff- According to the ex- chief of defense staff (CDS), his 28- year- old son received N320 million mansion in Abuja’ s upscale Wuse neighborhood, while his first son received another N260 million
This is just one of the many assets Badeh purchased with the N800m he stole from the military. Using his church mind, the former CDS also returned $1 million to the Federal Government, making it appear that he isn’ t greedy.
Femi Fani- Kayode, former aviation minister – Fani Kayode was also charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with N1. 5b fraud.
Another N4. 7b worth of fraud charges was later brought against FFK by the anti- graft agency. GEJ’ s re- election campaign is said to have been funded by the former minister, who served as the Goodluck Jonathan campaign’ s spokesperson.
Patience Jonathan, former First Lady- As soon as the news broke that the former first lady claimed possession of five Skye Bank acct with billions of Naira in them.
A court order was obtained from her, and she claimed that the EFCC had violated her fundamental rights by freezing her accounts. In the course of the investigation, it was also revealed that Mrs. Jonathan owned several assets worth billions of Naira in prominent locations in the country.
Raymond Dokpesi, former AIT chairman – EFCC nabbed Africa Independent Television (AIT Chairman) due to his involvement in Dasuki’ s juicy loot.
It has been reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also paid N2. 1b to Dokpesi on orders from the former National Security Advisor (NSA). Nigerians are eager to see the Federal Federal convict someone for stealing government money due to the alleged corruption charges against prominent personalities.
Prominent Nigerian politicians that have been involved in different corruption cases