Ahead of the world anti-corruption summit, this week, in London, United Kingdom, which is to be hosted by the Prime Minister David Cameron, a prominent British Newspaper has questioned the anti-corruption credentials of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mail Online, on Sunday, said, “The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.”
Humorously describing Buhari as the “self-proclaimed ‘People’s President’”, the Tabloid hinted that, “Buhari, may be waging a war against corruption his critics have described as a witch hunt.”
According to the paper, Buhari sends his daughter to a £26,000-a-year English school, even as the the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in April 2016, discovered a ticket stub showing Hanan, 16, had flown first-class from London to Nigeria, despite her father’s ban on officials using premium travel.
The report also quoted a Nigerian newspaper alleging Buhari had spent £150,000 on educating his daughter Zahra, a Surrey University student, just as the media house questioned Buhari’s failure to give a full account of his worth, and pointed out his partial admission of more than £1million in the bank, five houses and two plots of land.
The startling publication is coming barely 2 days before President Buhari’s scheduled trip to London for a world anti-corruption summit.
However, to UK’s leading media house: “The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.
The publication also said: “Self-proclaimed ‘People’s President’ Muhammadu Buhari began a war on corruption after taking power last year, but critics allege it is a political witch-hunt.
“The Government is giving nearly £250million in the coming year to oil-rich Nigeria..
“Supporters say 49 arrests of members of the previous regime show the anti-corruption war is genuine, but opponents say it is politically driven.
“Nigeria has the highest-paid government officials in the world but is one of the largest beneficiaries of UK foreign aid.
“The president of its senate, Bukola Saraki, is due to face trial on corruption charges after it emerged he has a £6million London property in his wife’s name.
“The Nigerian Embassy did not comment.”