President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption pose is being gravely undermined by his closeness to Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State.
While Buhari has claimed to be attempting to recover funds looted from public coffers, including asking for US help in the recovery, Amaechi, who has allegations of brazen looting as governor of Rivers State, went on a recent US trip with the president.
Fresh claims have emerged how Amaechi stole 70bn ($351.4m) from the Rivers State treasury in two weeks early in December last year. The transfers of the amounts from state to private accounts are quite detailed with dates and the accounts of the front companies that received the funds.
Additionally, the governor of Benue State alleged that 80% of the money for the Buhari presidential campaign came from Amaechi (Rivers State funds).
Buhari can’t pretend he didn’t know this was the proceeds from fraud. It makes the president an accomplice in Amaechi’s crimes against the people of Rivers State.