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No mention of corruption as Nigeria’s presidential hopefuls slug ...

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No mention of corruption as Nigeria’s presidential hopefuls slug it out

Nigeria presidential candidates Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar have long been dogged by corruption accusations

William Clowes

The fight against corruption has been a top campaign issue in Nigeria’s last two presidential elections, but the history of graft allegations surrounding the two main candidates means neither is likely to raise it in the run-up to February’s vote.

Front-runner Bola Tinubu, who secured the ruling party’s nomination earlier this month, was being investigated by the country’s anti-corruption agency as recently as last June. Three decades ago he fought a lawsuit in which the US government accused him of laundering the proceeds of heroin trafficking and eventually reached a settlement. 

Atiku Abukabar, his chief rival, brought tens of millions of dollars of “suspect funds” into the US when he was Nigeria’s vice-president in the 2000s, according to a US Senate report, and was implicated in a bribery case that resulted in the imprisonment of an American congressman. Neither episode resulted in charges against Abubakar...

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