Following his recent 10-day vacation to the U.K., Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the political corruption that almost brought the country to it knees.
In 2016, Nigeria faced a recession after billions of dollars were frittered away through corrupt oil and defense contracts. Despite the crippling blow, Nigeria’s economy is much stronger. Increased crude oil prices helped to swiftly turn things around and put Nigeria back on the right track.
“We are going to jail more of the thieves (you know) that brought the economic problems to the country,” President Buhari told the NTA News. “I think that should be appreciated as the beauty of democracy, let people choose which party they want to belong to but let them make sure that they have empowered their constituencies by educating them on voter registration exercise.
“And make sure that they’ve got their permanent voters cards and that they use their rights as Nigerians to vote whoever they like, across ethnicity and religion, that is the beauty of democracy in Nigeria, this is what I am hoping to see.”
During his trip to Europe, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was charged with the task of firing Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, following his confession that he deployed hooded security operatives to the National Assembly preventing halting lawmakers and staff from gaining entry into the building.
While some speculate that Daura has been made a scapegoat by the administration, the president has made it very clear that even high-ranking government officials are not immune from prosecution.
Last week the Nigerian parliament passed a $9.12 trillion naira ($29.8 billion) budget for 2018 with the aim of boosting economic growth before the country’s next presidential election.