18 months after Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Madueke was arrested by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on suspicion of bribery and money laundering, the country’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is said to be still finding it difficult to find enough evidence to bring charges against her. This claim was made by Antony Goldman, a director at Promedia Consulting and former Financial Times journalist on the Al Jazeera Inside Story programme: “Can President Buhari clean up corruption in Nigeria? ”
Goldman said that although the CPS couldn’t find enough evidence to charge Madueke, they were reluctant to let her go.
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The presenter Martine Dennis suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to deliver his promise to clean up corruption in Nigeria and critics claimed it was just a witch-hunt. After being away for seven weeks on sick leave, there were also questions whether Buhari had the “stamina” to run the country.
Other guests on the programme included Salaudeen Hashimu from an NGO and the president’s spokesman Garba Shehu. Shehu claimed that the anti-corruption fight was working as a former governor was jailed for corruption – Bala James Ngilari of Adamawa State was found guilty last month of improperly awarding a 167m naira ($1 billion) contract. But Hashim countered saying that Ngilari was released immediately from jail on the back of a letter from powerful people.
He also claimed that Nigerians were beginning to lose faith in Buhari. Shehu disagreed stating that, come election time in 2019, Buhari will be re-elected because the opposition were “disoriented” and in “disarray”.
Earlier Goldman faulted the Buhari anti-corruption stance because “the barrel is the problem and it is not about finding bad apples”. He said “the system is broken, the justice system was a very slow process and already compromised”.
He also thought that Britain was culpable in Nigerian corruption describing it as “the dirty clothes are from Nigeria and Britain is the laundry”.