US accuses Buhari’s govt of massive corruption
The US government has alleged massive corruption in President Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2020.
In its ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,’ released Tuesday, the US Department of State said that there was pervasive corruption across all levels of government in Nigeria, including the judiciary and security agencies.
The war against corruption is one of the three cardinal points of the Buhari administration’s policy thrust.
However, the US government cited the arrest and probe of former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu as evidence that the incumbent administration was riddled with corruption allegations.
It expressed worry that many high-profile cases remained pending before the courts just as it accused the government of not consistently applying sanctions prescribed by law against official corruption.
“Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government, including the judiciary and security services. There were numerous allegations of government corruption during the year,” the report read in part.
The report also accused the government of suppressing press freedom
“Security services detained and harassed journalists, sometimes for reporting sensitive problems such as political corruption and security. Security services including the DSS (Department of State Services) and police occasionally arrested and detained journalists who criticised the government,’’ the report further read in part.