Home Crime Buhari urged to investigate explosive allegation that Nigerian lawmakers were bribed $47 million to...

Buhari urged to investigate explosive allegation that Nigerian lawmakers were bribed $47 million to pass 2015 budget Updated for 2021

82,127FansLike
2,966FollowersFollow
2,690SubscribersSubscribe
82,127FansLike
3,122FollowersFollow
2,690SubscribersSubscribe

Updated: February 27, 2021


Activists have asked Nigerian President to investigate an explosive allegation by former minister of finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that lawmakers requested and were given a bribe of $47 million or 17 billion naira to pass the 2015 budget when former President Goodluck Jonathan was in power.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, who worked for Mr. Jonathan, made the startling allegation on page 80 of her book “Fighting corruption is dangerous”.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 1, 2018, urged him to investigate the claim and reveal the “names of anyone that may have benefited from the public funds, and to ensure the recovery of proceeds of corruption.”

What’s new?: It’s not the first time Nigerian lawmakers are accused of requesting and receiving bribe from the presidency, but the allegation by the former minister went further by citing the amount and circumstances of the bribe, and by documenting it in a book. This explosive revelation comes months to a presidential election in Nigeria in February 2019. It also comes at a time President Buhari, who defeated Mr. Jonathan in 2015, is at loggerheads with members of the national assembly.

So why all this now?: SERAP, a human rights organization with suspected ties to the presidency, is asking for a probe that may indict Mr. Buhari’s political enemies ahead of a difficult election next year.

Read full statement. [embeddoc url=”https://https://www.https://www.todaynewsafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Corruption-in-Nigeria.docx” download=”none”]

[/read_more]

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

TRENDING

Human Rights Watch concludes Abiy Ahmed’s soldiers bombed civilians to death, schools, hospitals and markets in Tigray region

Ethiopian federal forces carried out apparently indiscriminate shelling of urban areas in the Tigray region in November 2020 in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Artillery attacks at the start of the armed conflict struck homes, hospitals, schools, and markets in the city of Mekelle, and the towns of Humera and Shire, killing at least 83 civilians, including children, and wounding...

Stay connected

[/read_more]

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

error: Alert: Content is protected !!
Reddit
Tweet
Share
Share
Pocket
Share
More