President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared that he does not own any bank account or property outside Nigeria.
Jonathan made the remark during the swearing-in of the 11 new ministers yesterday.
“I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad. All my children live and school in Nigeria,” the president’s Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri quoted him on twitter as saying.
Only a handful of Nigeria’s past leaders have not been accused of stashing looted public funds and buying properties. One of the ‘top looters in the country’s history, Sani Abacha was recently said to still have millions of dollars stashed in foreign banks, part of which the United States on Wednesday ordered a freeze on, amounting to $458 million in assets stolen.
Despite being one of the largest oil producers in the world, poverty rate has been reported at alarming rates for a country of its ‘expected’ wealth, over the years. Corruption, political instability and bad leadership have been blamed for poor infrastructural development, high unemployment rate, epileptic power supply, etc., in the country.