Billions after billions of dollars are still being stolen by public office holders and kept abroad, but every administration since Obasanjo, concentrated loot recovery efforts on the monies stolen by the late General Sani Abacha. Corruption by Abacha or by anybody else is not acceptable or justifiable. However, no country can sincerely fight corruption with double standard or discrimination. The former Obasanjo administration shamelessly withdrew corruption charges against a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Joseph Makanjuola, who is his cousin. The then Attorney-General and Minister of Justice entered a nolle prosequi to formally withdraw interest in continuing with his trial. That scandal was the first early sign that the government wasn’t sincere about fighting corruption. Keen to recover the Abacha loot, the former Obasanjo administration arrested Mohammed Abacha and signed a deal with him for the release of the monies allegedly stolen by his late father in return for his freedom. Mohammed Abacha cooperated fully with the government, a cooperation which led to Nigeria recovering $700 million from the Abachas.
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