The Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to affirm or deny a charge by an American NGO, American Black Group for Democracy (ABGD), that it donated $500million (N160 billion) to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns in the United States.
ABGD further claimed that United States secretary of state John Kerry’s repeated visits to the presidency and leaders of northern Nigeria were connected to the pledged sum, which the government promptly released.
With Mrs Clinton’s failure to win the election held on November 8, the new American president-elect, Donald Trump, may investigate Nigeria’s role in the Clinton campaign funding, the group suggested.
Many Nigerians including top government officials were dumbstruck by Trump’s victory.
Buhari’s government was also fingered in the sponsorship of a presidential candidate in neighbouring Niger Republic in early 2016. That candidate, Mahamadou Issoufou , was eventually re-elected in Niger.
The revelation that Buhari’s government has been splashing money on foreigners while denying Nigerians decent life has irked many an ordinary Nigerian.