L-R: Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Minister of Transportation), President Muhammadu Buhari, Babatunde Raji Fashola (Minister of Power, Works and Housing)[/caption]
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 fund 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.