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Nigerian President blamed politicians in Boko Haram fight

from BBC
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed thieving politicians for undermining the military’s fight against Boko Haram militants.

Some analysts think the army's struggles result from more than just corruption.

A number of prominent figures connected to the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan have been accused of corruption in recent weeks, including ex-national security adviser Sambo Dasuki and Alisa Metuh, the spokesman for Jonathan’s party.

VOA says, both are accused of diverting money meant to equip soldiers.

Dasuki, perhaps the highest-profile case, is said to have approved over two billion dollars in fictitious arms contracts, a charge he denies.

Boko Haram’s six-year long insurgency has killed about twenty thousand people and forced more than two million Nigerians to flee their homes.

Buhari campaigned on defeating the group and cracking down on corruption.
Information minister Lai Mohammed says the charges make clear the extent of that corruption under the previous government.


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