Nigeria wobbles into fresh graft scandal

stop corruptionFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA has lurched into yet another corruption scandal involving government officials.
This follows allegations N500 million (about R22 million) for the rebuilding of a government school destroyed during the kidnapping of over
200 girls had gone missing.
Government released the money under the Safe School funds to rebuild the the Girls School in Chibok in 2004, commissioned by former Minister of
Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Ironically, she is among members of the former immediate past administration accused of theft of public funds.
The Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (Serap) has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to
Serap’s request is based on allegations by Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima.
Serap attorney, Timothy Adewale, said the alleged diversion of funds exacerbated the pain of the community already traumatised by the kidnapping of the schoolchildren.
The Islamic militant Boko Haram kidnapped the girls from the government school in the northeastern Borno much to global condemnation in 2004.
A majority of the girls are still unaccounted for.
“Serap is seriously concerned that the school has remained in a state of disrepair since the abduction of the girls, and students have remained at
home,” said Adewale.
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country of over 184million people, has a reputation for corruption.
Muhammadu Buhari, known for his tough stance against graft as a military dictator in the 1980s, was elected as president in 2015 on a campaign built on eliminating corruption.

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