It is not only the president of Nigeria who continues to disappoint and even embarrass his countrymen and subjects. His Ministers often follow suit.
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fervently leading the country’s anti-corruption drive. Bio launched three Commissions of Inquiry, investigating malpractice in the government between 2000 to 2018 when former President Ernest Bai Koroma was in office. Bio pledged to support the Anti Corruption Commission, giving assurances that it will operate independently.
58 years after gaining independence, how has Nigeria fared so far? Despite the tag Giants of Africa, Nigeria has not risen to its full potential.
In July, the UK Court of Appeal dismissed a case against Unilever filed by a group of 218 workers of Unilever Tea Kenya who claimed the company failed to protect them from the ethnic violence. The company is now working towards sacking 11 000 employees to stay “agile in a changing business environment”.
The recent reports on the obscene amounts of ill-gotten wealth in the hands of Equatorial Guinea’s vice president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, makes one despair over the many leaders who enrich themselves at the cost of their country and its people.
Nigeria has been intensifying efforts to recover stolen state assets under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Through these efforts over $320 million has been returned by Switzerland from the “Abacha robbery,” named after Sani Abacha who looted upwards of $2 billion from the government into overseas accounts
Many dictators on the continent have left their countries in utter poverty and despair. In a bid to clear some of its debts, The Gambia is selling the properties of its former President Yahya Jammeh who is accused of looting over $100 million.
Popular Zambian musician Chama Fumba, known by his stage name Pilato, who had fled Zambia and sought the help of Amnesty International to obtain asylum in South Africa after speaking out on corruption in his country, returned only to be arrested at Lusaka airport
The Nigerian Police Force is rarely in the news for good public service. Julius Adewale Adedeji, the Superintendent of Police, State Intelligence Bureau received the Human Rights Personality Award from the U.S. Embassy. Adedeji is said to have never taken a bribe, and he is being celebrated as Nigeria’s “most dedicated police officer”.