Jan 29, 2015 – “Nigerian Leaders Looted $400 Billion In 39 Years” – UN Laments Corruption In Nigeria
Between 1960 and 1999, Nigeria, a wealthy oil nation lost over $400 billion to corrupt, selfish and pot bellied politicians.
This estimate doesn’t include the looted fund in the past 16 years with President Jonathan’s administration taking the gold medal, according to IBB, a former President who was tagged the master of corruption in Nigeria. He is now claiming that his regime did not close to what Jonathan has done in the past years.
Here is the view of a UN official, Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, on the implications of the huge resources being plundered by successive administrations. He said it in November 2007.
“Nigeria used to be synonymous with corruption just a few years ago. Unscrupulous leaders pilfered the national coffers and stashed away billions of dollars in foreign bank accounts. By some estimates close to US $400 billion was stolen between 1960 and 1999. Sani Abacha alone is estimated to have stolen the equivalent of 2 – 3 per cent of the country’s GDP for every year that he was President.
“That is a staggering – almost “astronomical” – amount of money because if you were to put 400 billion dollar bills end-to-end, you could make 75 round trips to the moon! Concretely, those 400 billion dollars could have translated into millions of vaccinations for children; thousands of kilometres of roads; hundreds of schools, hospitals and water treatment facilities that never came to be.”
Our graduates are left jobless, poverty level is on the rise… It is a pity.
Wealthy nation with the largest number of poor people in the world, these politicians lack conscience.