Despite President Buhari’s anti corruption war, the minister for transport and former governor of Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi have been accused by UK Newspaper for stealing N142billion.
The paper says that while the Nigerian leader is seen as leading the fight against graft, some shocking accusations swirl around one of his close friends.
Nigeria’s transport minister and former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, is said to have bankrolled Buhari’s presidential campaign.
Nigerian media reportedly described Amaechi as ‘ATM’ the American term for cash machine – because of his power to give big sums of money at short notice.
British Paper Fingers One of Buhari’s Minister As ‘Fantastically Corrupt’
Despite the ‘Mr. Clean’ posture of President Muhammadu Buhari, British newspaper, Daily Mail, has fingered Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation as being ‘fantastically corrupt.’
The newspaper alleged that Amaechi must have stolen a whopping £500million, mostly which were used to fun Buhari’s presidential campaign.
While the Daily Mail acknowledged that though Buhari is seen by some as leading the battle against corruption, worrying allegations swirl around one of his close allies.
According to the article, Amaechi “in the Nigerian press he has been dubbed ‘ATM’ – the American term for cash machine – because of his ability to produce vast sums of money at short notice.
“He remains in his post despite being accused of misappropriating £338million by a commission investigating the sale of state assets.”
The newspaper feared that some of the funds allegedly stolen by the minister may have “likely to have come from UK taxpayers, who gave the country £1billion in aid over five years to 2014, including £248million in 2014 alone.”
It further stated that “Separately, Amaechi is accused of diverting £140million of state funds into Buhari’s presidential campaign, with reports he paid for media, consultants and private jets.”
The allegations come as the president stands accused of enjoying a lavish lifestyle while many millions suffer in poverty.
A leaked draft budget for 2016 showed the Nigerian government earmarked £16million for the refurbishment and maintenance of the president’s official residence, Aso Rock Guest House, in the capital Abuja.
There was also a request for £13million for building a VIP wing at a hospital used by families of the president and his ministerial team.
In 2015, PDP Rivers state chapter have accused Rotimi Amaechi of looting N21billion, Rotimi Amaechi despite several fraudulent accusations have remained the transport minister.
When British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on camera last week before an anti-corruption summit defining Nigeria as ‘fantastically corrupt’, Buhari rallied to Cameron’s defence by agreeing with him.
But the Nigerian presidency said that previous governments were corrupt, not the incumbent one.
Buhari, on his own part, demanded the UK to return stolen funds, hidden in the country by Nigerian officials.