The Transparency International has highlighted how Nigeria’s political elites for years hid under the cover of the country’s military to steal billions of dollars that would have been channeled into improving the living conditions of the citizens.
In a report released yesterday in Abuja, the Transparency International Defence and Security revealed that corrupt officials over the years exploited the excessive secrecy of the country’s defence budget to rip off the nation.
It said the 15-year-old war against Boko Haram insurgency has helped pushed up Nigeria’s defence budget and corresponding increase in corruption within the sector.
A former National Security Adviser, SAMBO DASUKI, is currently standing trial for allegedly mismanaging funds meant for the procurement of weapons to prosecute the war against Boko Haram in the North-east.
The report repeatedly mentioned DASUKI’s case as an example of how the country’s defence sector leaves room for exploitation.