Financial corruption scandal engulfs Nigeria’s top justice amid political turmoil

Code of Conduct Tribunal convicts Justice Walter Onnoghen The Tribunal convicted Mr. Onnoghen of false asset declarations in foreign bank holdings.  The judge must now forfeit multiple foreign bank accounts and their (unidentified) contents to the Nigerian federal government.  He is further barred from holding public office for ten years. Observers question the motivation behind … Continue reading Financial corruption scandal engulfs Nigeria’s top justice amid political turmoil

$1 billion per year lost to corruption: a Nigerian saga

$1 billion per year lost to corruption Recently, AAF reported on the multi-faceted PR efforts of the new Buhari regime to clean up the soiled image of "corrupt Nigerian politics" -- among other things, by staging photo ops with World Bank leaders, charging former government officials with bribery, and moving ahead on basic appointments. Today, … Continue reading $1 billion per year lost to corruption: a Nigerian saga

Money laundering, $2bn phantom contracts, and Boko Haram

Nigeria moves on its anti-corruption promises: Former Defence Minister charged Reuters and BBC have reported that former Nigerian Defence Minister, Bello Haliru Mohammed -- a veterinarian by training who served in several ministerial positions, most recently under former President Goodluck Jonathan -- has been charged with money laundering and related corruption counts. He is no stranger to … Continue reading Money laundering, $2bn phantom contracts, and Boko Haram

From Managing Director to President: Get rid of corruption!

IMF's Lagarde to Nigeria's Buhari: Country needs to strike balance, yet ensure long-term anticorruption measures By Michael James Currie. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, welcomed Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign which has been significantly pushed by President Buhari who was elected in May 2015. The Buhari administration is moving towards developing a strong … Continue reading From Managing Director to President: Get rid of corruption!

New cabinet positions announced, but no anti-corruption minister in sight

Key Nigerian ministerial positions announced, with long delay The swearing-in of Nigeria’s new members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet took place in his villa in Abuja, notably after an almost six-month delay (hence the popular moniker for the new leader, “Baba Go Slow”). As Andreas Stargard, a director with African anti-corruption advisors Pr1merio, points out, … Continue reading New cabinet positions announced, but no anti-corruption minister in sight

Buhari to the rescue: Tackling corruption in Africa’s largest economy

"The wind of change is blowing through this continent..." Perhaps reminiscent of the “Winds of Change” (the speech delivered in 1960 by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa in Cape Town), the recent address given by new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the United Nations represents a political milestone in seeking to eradicate … Continue reading Buhari to the rescue: Tackling corruption in Africa’s largest economy