Despite FG’s anti-graft war, corruption persists in Nigeria —John Campbell Reports

The prevalence of corruption in Nigeria remains very high in spite of the anti-graft war by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, according to a report, written by a former United States of American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell.

He states that corruption has continued to grow in the country despite the federal government’s anti-corruption campaigns and Buhari’s example of not corruptly enriching himself.

“Political corruption scandals are a dime a dozen in Nigeria, and corruption remains deeply rooted in both the public and private sectors. But if the president is leading by example, media reports indicate that few are following,” said Campbell in a post on Council on Foreign Relations’ website.

He added: “But, compared to most of Nigeria’s elites, his personal fortune is very modest. Many former presidents and presidential aspirants have wealth in the tens of millions of U.S. dollars, and Nigerians routinely believe that holders of public office exploit their positions to enrich themselves. Buhari has so far largely avoided serious accusations of personal corruption, and his personal anti-corruption credentials remain strong.”

The former American Ambassador to Nigeria noted that part of the basis of Buhari’s street popularity is his modest style of living, at least compared to other members of Nigeria’s elite.

As is required by law, in May 2019, the president submitted his asset declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau.

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