Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Corruption in Nigeria's military

Decades of military rule and the election of retired military officers means that government and the military are very integrated. Recent reports from Abuja indicate that the military and corruption are tied together as well.

Nigeria indicts firms over arms fraud contracts
Nigeria has indicted more than 300 local and foreign companies and individuals, including senior military officers, over an arms scandal.

They are accused of defrauding the country of $241m (£170m) in fake contracts, a government statement says.

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a probe last year after funds meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram militants were allegedly diverted.

More than $35m has been recovered in the investigation so far…

The investigation was done by a special committee appointed President Buhari, who came to office in May partly on a promise to clamp down on corruption.

The committee found that contracts were awarded "without any contractual agreement or evidence of jobs executed", the statement says…

This is the first time such a detailed report has been made public and the fact that both serving and retired military officers have been indicted appears to show the president's commitment to rooting out endemic corruption that has stagnated the development of Africa's largest economy and oil producer…

Many Nigerians will welcome the news that the government is not only uncovering who allegedly looted funds but has also started recovering some of it.

Under the previous government, some soldiers complained that despite the military's huge budget, they were ill-equipped to fight Boko Haram…

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