News / Africa

Prominent Members of Nigeria’s Ruling Party Seek Probe of Spending during Ailing President’s Absence

Prominent members of Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are asking for a probe of what they call the large-scale looting of government funds.  They want acting president Goodluck Jonathan to launch an investigation into the disappearance of billions of dollars of spending bills.

The bills were allegedly signed into law by President Umar Yar’Adua on his sick bed in Saudi Arabia.  But some PDP officials and anti-corruption groups say the president was not in a position to have signed the bills.  They say close aides of the Nigerian leader diverted some of the funds for private use.

“Part of it is the bill of the president while he was in Saudi Arabia,” says Sina Loremikan, southwest coordinator of the Zero Corruption Coalition.

“There is an allegation that the presidential jet was at [the airport in Saudi Arabia] for almost two and half months and every day they pay in hard currency for the parking of the aircraft.”  Some believe that aides padded those bills and kept the extra money for themselves.

The situation is complicated, says Loremikan, by what he     calls an internal power struggle in the ruling party over the Yar’Adua health crisis, with some members looking after their personal interest.

“Sincerely, you know they are a bunch of confused persons and they use every opportunity to get relevance, and perhaps [the] election is fast approaching and some of them know that voters will ask some critical questions, so perhaps they are doing window dressing.”

Mr. Jonathan is in a very difficult position, he says, no matter how the probe turns out.
“I know that the man is in a deep dilemma; head or tail, he will not find it easy.  If they have their way, they don’t want him to even act [as president] for one second. It is due to public pressure that he is in office.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid