Less than a week after US Secretary of State John Kerry backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war, in Davos, Switzerland, there are strong indications that Buhari may extend his ongoing probe of former and serving public officers to the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The looming probe of Obasanjo came to the fore yesterday, in Abuja, when the Minister of Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated the federal government would extend its anti-corruption crusade to 2004.
If you remember the last briefing I gave, I mentioned that 55 Nigerians stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013. The facts are there at the EFCC for you to check.” -Lai Mohammed said.
It could be recalled that last Friday, in the Swiss resort town of Davos, the United State Secretary of State John Kerry backed Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
In his keynote speech at the global conference, Kerry made reference to Buhari’s fight against corruption and lamented how individuals looted money meant for arms procurement. It was a significant moment for Nigeria and the rapt world audience.
According to the top US diplomat, “It has been reported that over 50 people, including government officials, stole over $9 billion in Nigeria,” he said in reference to the $2.1 billion arms money allegedly shared by top officials of the last government and its cronies.
“Corruption costs global economy more than a trillion dollars a year and complicates every security, diplomatic, social priority,” he said.