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Frankly Speaking With Jola Sotubo Corrupt Nigerian politicians are murderers

The high rate of corruption in the country can also be seen in the flashy lives of the country’s elected officials; private jets, fast cars, Italian-marbled mansions and general bad behaviour.

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“In Nigeria, there is no accountability at all and that is why I think Nigeria’s corruption is worse than corruption in most parts of the world. It is the worst type of corruption, it’s stealing.”

This comment was made by Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, during a recent interview with American news channel, PBS News Hour.

Sanusi went on to say that Nigeria lost about $1 billion every month during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The amount in question seems unbelievable but when it comes to corruption, unbelievable is normal in Nigeria.

Take the case of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki who’s alleged to have supervised the stealing of about $2 billion in public funds meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.

According to PBS News Hour, documents show that Dasuki requested $47 million from the CBN and took it out in cash in one night.

Those were funds meant for the arming of the country’s soldiers against Boko Haram, the same soldiers who were sent to the battlefield without weapons and who Dasuki had the audacity to call cowards.

“Unfortunately we have a lot of cowards. We have people who use every excuse in this world not to fight,” the former NSA told an audience at the Chatham House think-tank in London in January 2015.

He also denied reports that the army was under-equipped calling this an “excuse”.

Also involved in the alleged wanton looting of Nigeria’s treasury is former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

American and British authorities have said that the former minister might have personally supervised the stealing of $6 billion from the country’s coffers.

The high rate of corruption in the country can also be seen in the flashy lives of the country’s elected officials; private jets, fast cars, Italian-marbled mansions and general bad behaviour.

It is a blood-sucking tradition that sees a few privileged individuals feeding and thriving on the misfortune of their country and it will take decades, if not centuries to stop.

According to UNICEF, Nigeria has an estimated 130 million inhabitants. 70.8 per cent of the population lives on less than one dollar a day while 92.4 per cent of citizens live on less than two dollars a day.

Every day, average Nigerians battle with poor power supply, poor roads, poor healthcare and a generally poor internal economy.

Every day, needless deaths occur in the country because hospitals have no electricity or modern equipment, fire service officials, where there are any, have no water, emergency services are basically non-existent, the police force is practically crippled and is hardly able to stop crime and the entire system, if one can even call it that, has collapsed.

Despite this however, the country’s leaders have been feeding fat, completely oblivious to the ruins surrounding them.

Every corrupt Nigerian politician is a murderer.

Those stolen dollars could have prevented the deaths of men at war, of plane crash victims, of people ill with treatable diseases, of women during childbirth, of innocents murdered by criminals who were never captured, instead they lined the pockets and foreign bank accounts of a gang of rogues and thieves who were elected to serve their country.

I strongly believe that every evil person will get his or her comeuppance eventually, but in this case, justice can never come fast enough.

My final word to all the thieves who have been in power and are still in power is: All this money (read blood) you people are sharing, there is God o! There is God!

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