In Nigeria, Everything is a Gift by Dominic Barcity



Corruption has been a persistent phenomenon in Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari defined corruption as the greatest form of human right violation. Since the creation of modern public administration in the country, there have been cases of official misuse of funds and resources. The rise of public administration and the discovery of oil and natural gas are two major events seen to have led to the increase in corrupt practices in the country.
The government has tried to contain corruption through the enactment of laws and the enforcement of integrity systems, but success has been slow in coming. In 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost over $400 billion to corruption since independence.
Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa, is perceived to be the most corrupt among 60 countries evaluated, according to data from the 2016 Best Countries rankings.
Since Mr Buhari came to power in May 2015, dozens of public officials and their cronies have been arrested by a beefed-up Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The most famous of those, the former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki, is charged with dishing out $2 billion worth of fake contracts for helicopters, aeroplanes and ammunition. Under new management, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has grown slightly less opaque: it now publishes monthly financial reports. Shady “swap” contracts which trade crude oil for refined petrol have been renegotiated and the worst of the last regime’s oil deals are under scrutiny. The chairman of one local company, Atlantic Energy, was arrested last year, shortly after the ex-petroleum minister was arrested in London. In all, the government claims to be recovering about $10 billion of stolen assets (though most of those will be tied up in court for years). It has also cancelled a fuel-subsidy racket which, at its peak, cost Nigerians $14 billion a year.

In Nigeria Right now, Everything seems to be a Gift.

This ugly situation started from Ex NNPC Group MD, Andrew Yakubu 9. 8 million dollars and 74, 000 pounds found in his Kaduna Money Store.
On February 8, 2017, Andrew Yakubu reported to the Commission’s Zonal office in Kano and made statement wherein he admitted ownership of the recovered money, claiming it was a gift from unnamed persons. He is currently assisting the investigation.
Yakubu, in a motion on notice with suit number FHC/ICN/CS/24/2017, filed by his lead counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, asked the court to set aside the forfeiture order that granted FG ownership of the money which was discovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 9. Specifically, he wants the court to set aside the order and return the $9,772,800 and £74,000,000 which he said belongs to him.
The President has been accused of bribing a Justice, the reason according to a journalist is because of an alleged nonexistent WAEC result.
Femi Aribisala, a veteran journalist took to his Twitter to claim that the President bribed the justice over the result, Recall that the President had been sued over the what was called a less than authentic WAEC result which the suit was later struck out after the lawyer who filed the case withdrew and discontinued the suit.
Some days later, an operative of the Department of State Services, Babatunde Adepoju revealed that Joe Agi, a lawyer to Justice Ademola told him during an investigation that Kola Awodehin, a lawyer to president Buhari gave the judge the sum of N500000 as “wedding gift” for his (Ademola’s) daughter’s wedding.

The Term “GIFT” Might not end soon and we wait to see more Gifts.

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