WikiLeaks: Okonjo-Iweala Ferried $50 Million Jobs To Brother

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
By Saharareporters, New York

As Minister of Finance under the government of Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s returnee Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, steered public contracts to her brother worth up to $50 million, with the help of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, yet another WikiLeaks US cable issued in 2006 says.
The contracts were said to have been awarded to the man, identified only as “JonJon,” for consulting work for the ministry.

The detailed cable, which spells out corruption allegations against a variety of powerful Nigerians, are contained in a cable in which the United States was considering response to the corruption machine in Nigeria.  Entitled “CORRUPTION: NIGERIA "IMPROVES" TO SIXTH-WORST IN THE WORLD...WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?” it followed the release by Transparency International of its 2005 Annual Corruption Perceptions, and it was written by the Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell.

It showed the ambassador considering using the tool of U.S. visa revocations under Presidential Proclamation 7750 to punish corrupt Nigerian public officials, after noting that President Obasanjos anti-corruption campaign was widely perceived to be nothing more than a political witch hunt by President Obasanjo, a view supported by examining cases targeted at high-level officials. 

Mr. El-Rufai was himself one of those profiled in the cable, where he is identified as having been known to the Embassy eight years earlier “when he was homeless and seeking a loan to import a taxi from the UK.” 

Since that time, wrote the ambassador, El-Rufai was said to have recently purchased seven upscale properties in a posh Abuja neighborhood.  “His demolitions of commercial and residential buildings in the capital have reportedly provided an opportunity for himself and several of his friends.  After demolishing residential properties in Kubwa, the land was reallocated to several of his friends and to an investment company he allegedly owns.  The community of Chika, where about two square miles of development was demolished in December, has allegedly been allocated to the same group of
people.

The cable pointed out that despite all of the headlines being grabbed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, that Commission as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), had won only a single conviction of a high-level public official:, former Inspector-General of Police Tafa Balogun, who received a sentence of just six months, less time served.

Mr. Campbell pointed out that corruption in Nigeria remained pervasive from the top down.  “For example, in a widely-circulated August 22 letter to President Obasanjo, Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu accused Obasanjo of corruption, listing a number of dubious deals, including:
•    Cancellation of the contract for the construction of the national stadium in Abuja, only to re-award the contract to a different vendor at a higher price; and
•    Use of public funds for capital improvements at two private schools secretly owned by Obasanjo.

“Obasanjo's response was to agree to be "investigated” by the EFCC, which reports to the President.  When the EFCC invited Kalu to provide evidence to support his accusations, Kalu refused, pointing out that the EFCC was not an independent investigative body and had no authority to prosecute the President, and the investigation died out.”

The report also profiled Obasanjo Farms in Otta.  “A Presidential spokesman said in November 2004, in order to explain Obasanjo's personal wealth, that the farm generated about $250,000 per month in income, though it was nearly bankrupt in the late 1990s (ref A).  Regardless of whether the current income figure is accurate, at least some Nigerians think it is unlikely that Obasanjo's military pension and benefits were the sole source of investment for establishing this huge enterprise, valued by a construction engineer involved in the construction at more than $250 million.

Still on Obasanjo, Ambassador Campbell wrote: “The recent auction of oil blocks included some firms bidding, sometimes with no prior ties to the oil industry, that were linked to Obasanjo associates, including Edmund Daukoru, Rivers State governor Peter Odili, Ogun State governor Gbenga Daniel, presidential advisor Andy Uba, presidential chief of staff Abdullahi Mohammed, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nasir al-Rufai and PDP Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Anenih.”

The report also said of Obasanjo that he was believed to be one of the owners of Suntrust Petroleum.  “And questions remain about the Obasanjo Library project, which collected enormous sums of money from government contractors, banks, industrialists, and state governors, ostensibly for the construction of a presidential library, the plans for which are vague. 

It is widely believed throughout the country that Obasanjo and his son, Gbenga, are major shareholders in the newly reorganized Zenith Bank and UBA Bank as well as in airlines and the telecommunications sector.”

The ambassador wrote that each of the nation’s 36 state governors donated 10 million naira (about $75,000) to the Obasanjo library project.   “Following a public outcry, the library organizers stated the donations were from the governors' personal funds, but several governors backpedaled from their commitments, claiming they had made no such pledges.  When a Lagos lawyer filed a code of conduct complaint alleging conflict of interest in the President's receiving these donations from recipients of government funds, Obasanjo invoked the immunity clause of the constitution, and the complaint died out.”

Some of the other notable people profiled include:

•    “Mr. Fix-It” Tony Anenih, who “was indicted by the National Assembly for the sum of 300 billion Naira (approximately $2.4 billion) missing from Ministry of Works and Housing while he was the minister.  The missing money is widely believed to have paid off 2003 elections  "expenses," including to Balogun, in addition to lining his own pockets.

•    Chief Olabode George, current PDP National Chairman (Southwest) is a close friend of President Obasanjo and a leading proponent of the Third Term Agenda.  He is one of the people accused of financial recklessness in the affairs of the National Port Authority, where he was chairman when the financial scandals were allegedly committed.  He was retired
from the Navy in the 1990s by the Babangida Administration after serving as military governor of Ondo State from 1987 to 1990 in addition to other military postings.

•    Chris Uba, recently appointed to the PDP Board of Trustees, admitted rigging during the 2003 elections and attempted to kidnap the governor of Anambra state to try to collect payments for his efforts.  Linked closely to several vigilante groups in the state, he is widely believed to be
responsible for the burning of many state government buildings in Awka, crimes that have yet to be solved.

•    Edo State governor Lucky Igbenedion purchased a $6 million mansion in London in 2000 through a series of shell companies, a year after he was elected governor.  He has two Ferraris on the premises.  He also owns reputedly the most expensive residence in Abuja, estimated at $25 million.

•    Delta State governor James Ibori owns two London estates. The properties were purchased for $3 million and $4 million, respectively, after Ibori was elected governor.  Through a shell company registered to his London-based wife, he offered for public auction an ongoing supply of 6 million barrels of oil per month.  When reporters confronted his wife, the shell companies abruptly changed their directors so that Ibori's wife was no longer listed.

•    Rivers State governor Peter Odili has built an impressive portfolio from his corrupt dealings as governor of one of the oil-rich states in Nigeria since his first election in 1999. Beginning his political career as a medical doctor with a small private clinic in Port Harcourt, he now hosts
extravagant events and boasts that it would not have been possible "before he became governor."  Further, he is widely suspected of being directly responsible for facilitating massive irregularities in both the 1999 and 2003 elections. His own state officials have claimed that Odili has employed militia groups, many of which are responsible for the continuing unrest in the delta region.

The ambassador said that that the biggest influence the United States could have on the situation in Nigeria was the “judicious use” of U.S. visa revocation for corrupt practices, under US law.

“Though we are unable to identify every corrupt official, the Mission is compiling a list of some prominent and egregious corrupt officials from throughout the country,” he wrote.  “This list will take into consideration the individuals, levels of corruption and the impact on Nigerian stability of a [US Presidential Proclamation] 7750 decision.

He said that list could “be expanded in many directions,” but the United States Mission in Nigeria felt that feels that such an effort “would demonstrate the sincerity and seriousness of the USG's commitment to good governance and, if these individuals are found ineligible, that finding could contribute greatly to entrenching the precepts of good governance and accountability in Nigeria.”

  Full text of cable:

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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 04 ABUJA 000483
 
SIPDIS
 
SIPDIS
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/01/2016
TAGS: PGOV PHUM KCOR KDEM CVIS NI
SUBJECT: CORRUPTION: NIGERIA "IMPROVES" TO SIXTH-WORST IN
THE WORLD...WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
 
REF: 2004 ABUJA 1991
 
Classified By: Ambassador John Campbell for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
 
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Summary
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¶1.    (U) Transparency International recently released its
annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2005, showing that
there are now five countries in the world perceived to be
more corrupt than Nigeria.  In 2004, only two countries had
been listed as more corrupt.  As expected, the GON both
claimed credit for the "improvement" in position, and denied
that there was still a corruption problem in Nigeria.
 
¶2.    (S/REL UK) Corruption remains widespread in Nigeria at
all levels of the private and public sector.  The arrests in
London of the Bayelsa and Plateau State governors barely
scratched the surface of the endemic corruption at the
federal, state, and local level.  The current campaign to
ferret out corrupt officials is widely perceived to be
nothing more than a political witch hunt by President
Obasanjo, a view supported by examining cases targeted at
high-level officials.  Section 308 of the 1999 constitution
gives immunity from civil or criminal prosecution to the
President, Vice President, Governors, and Deputy Governors,
and many holders of these offices have clearly taken
advantage of this privilege.  There is no such immunity from
U.S. visa revocation under Presidential Proclamation 7750,
however, and post plans to submit further requests for
revocation of visas of corrupt public officials. End Summary.
 
--------------------------------------------- --------
Transparency International: Nigeria's a Little Better
--------------------------------------------- --------
 
¶3.    (U) Transparency International (TI) recently released
its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2005, showing
that there are now five countries in the world perceived to
be more corrupt than Nigeria:  Chad, Bangladesh,
Turkmenistan, Myanmar, and Haiti.  In 2004, only Bangladesh
and Haiti had been listed as more corrupt.   Nigeria's
absolute rating increased slightly, from 1.6 (out of 10) to
1.9, though the range of the confidence interval could have
placed the country anywhere in the bottom nine.  As expected,
the GON claimed credit for the  "improvement" in position,
saying it was evidence of the Obasanjo administration's
reforms.  And as expected, the GON also faulted TI's
methodology and denied there was still a corruption problem
in Nigeria.
 
¶4.    (U) The World Economic Forum has released the results
of a survey finding improvement in Nigerian firms'
perceptions of corruption in the country.  For example, from
2002-2005, the percentage of Nigerian firms that believed
public funds in Nigeria were diverted due to corruption
decreased from 100% to about 75%.
 
¶5.    (U) The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) and its chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, continue to grab
headlines, as newspapers eagerly report the rumored targets
of EFCC investigations.  Independent Corrupt Practices
Commission (ICPC) chairman Mustapha Akanbi stepped down on
September 29 and was replaced by another former Supreme Court
justice, Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola.  Meanwhile, the EFCC and
the ICPC have won only a single conviction of a high-level
public official:  on November 22, former Inspector-General of
Police Tafa Balogun, fired for corruption, pled guilty to
minor obstruction charges and received a sentence of just six
months, less time served.
 
--------------------------------------------- ------
Corruption Remains Pervasive, from the Top Down
--------------------------------------------- ------
 
¶6.    (U) Corruption remains widespread in Nigeria at all
levels of the private and public sector.  The arrests in
London of the Bayelsa and Plateau State governors have barely
scratched the surface of the endemic corruption at the
federal, state, and local level.  Section 308 of the 1999
constitution gives immunity from civil or criminal
prosecution to the President, Vice President, Governors, and
Deputy Governors, and many holders of these offices have
clearly taken advantage of this privilege.
 
¶7.    (U) For example, in a widely-circulated August 22
letter to President Obasanjo, Abia State Governor Orji Uzor
Kalu accused Obasanjo of corruption, listing a number of
dubious deals, including:
 
ABUJA 00000483  002 OF 004
 
 
 
--Cancellation of the contract for the construction of the
national stadium in Abuja, only to re-award the contract to a
different vendor at a higher price.
 
--Use of public funds for capital improvements at two private
schools secretly owned by Obasanjo.
 
Obasanjo's response was to agree to be "investigated by the
EFCC, which reports to the President.  When the EFCC invited
Kalu to provide evidence to support his accusations, Kalu
refused, pointing out that the EFCC was not an independent
investigative body and had no authority to prosecute the
President, and the investigation died out.
 
¶8.    (C) The President's chicken farm in Otta is one of the
largest in Nigeria.  A Presidential spokesman said in
November 2004, in order to explain Obasanjo's personal
wealth, that the farm generated about $250,000 per month in
income, though it was nearly bankrupt in the late 1990s (ref
A).  Regardless of whether the current income figure is
accurate, at least some Nigerians think it is unlikely that
Obasanjo's military pension and benefits were the sole source
of investment for establishing this huge enterprise, valued
by a construction engineer involved in the construction at
more than $250 million.
 
¶9.    (S/REL UK) It is also widely believed that the
President's inner circle also reaps hefty rewards with
impunity.  Some frequently cited examples are:
 
--Edmund Daukoro, recently named Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources, was charged in 1994 for embezzling some
$47 million as a managing director of the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).  The charges were abandoned,
and Daukoro's political career soared when Obasanjo took
office in 1999.
 
--Senator Florence Ita Giwa, indicted for misappropriation of
funds by the Idris Kuta Panel in 2000, was pardoned along
with other indicted senators, and she was named a special
advisor to Obasanjo when she left office.
 
--The head of the National Airport Management Authority
(NAMA), Rochas Okorocha, was caught and dismissed for
embezzling about $1 million through an inflated contract;
Obasanjo then appointed him as a senior aide, without
requiring Okorocha to repay the stolen funds.  Okorocha was
eventually fired on July 13 in a cabinet reshuffle, but went
on to start a political party for his renewed presidential
ambitions.
 
--The recent auction of oil blocks included some firms
bidding,, sometimes with no prior ties to the oil industry,
that were linked to Obasanjo associates, including Daukoro,
Rivers State governor Peter Odili, Ogun State  governor
Gbenga Daniel, presidential advisor Andy Uba,  presidential
chief of staff Abdullahi Mohammed, Minister of the Federal
Capital Territory Nasir al-Rufai and PDP Board of Trustees
Chairman Tony Anenih.
 
--Anenih was indicted by the National Assembly for the sum of
300 billion Naira (approximately $2.4 billion) missing from
Ministry of Works and Housing while he was the minister.  The
missing money is widely believed to have paid off 2003
elections  "expenses," including to Balogun, in addition to
lining his own pockets.
 
--Minister of Finance Ngozie Okonjo-Iweala is said to have
steered contracts to her brother (JonJon) with the help of
al-Rufai.  The contracts, said to amount to about $50
million, have been paid for consulting work for the Ministry.
 
--Al-Rufai is at the center of the corruption allegations.
Well-known to PolCouns eight year ago, when he was homeless
and seeking a loan to import a taxi from the UK, al-Rufai is
said to have recently purchased seven upscale properties in a
posh Abuja neighborhood.  His demolitions of commercial and
residential buildings in the capital have reportedly provided
an opportunity for himself and several of his friends.  After
demolishing residential properties in Kubwa, the land was
reallocated to several of his friends and to an investment
company he allegedly owns.  The community of Chika, where
about two square miles of development was demolished in
December, has allegedly been allocated to the same group of
people.
 
--Chief Olabode George, current PDP National Chairman
(Southwest) is a close friend of President Obasanjo and a
leading proponent of the Third Term Agenda.  He is one of the
 
ABUJA 00000483  003 OF 004
 
 
people accused of financial recklessness in the affairs of
the National Port Authority, where he was chairman when the
financial scandals were allegedly committed.  He was retired
from the Navy in the 1990s by the Babangida Administration
after serving as military governor of Ondo State from 1987 to
1990 in addition to other military postings.
 
--Chris Uba, recently appointed to the PDP Board of Trustees,
admitted rigging during the 2003 elections and attempted to
kidnap the governor of Anambra state to try to collect
payments for his efforts.  Linked closely to several
vigilante groups in the state, he is widely believed to be
responsible for the burning of many state government
buildings in Awka, crimes that have yet to be solved.
 
¶10.   (C/REL UK) Obasanjo himself is believed to be one of
the owners of Suntrust Petroleum.  And questions remain about
the Obasanjo Library project, which collected enormous sums
of money from government contractors, banks, industrialists,
and state governors, ostensibly for the construction of a
presidential library, the plans for which are vague.  It is
widely believed throughout the country that Obasanjo and his
son, Gbenga, are major shareholders in the newly reorganized
Zenith Bank and UBA Bank as well as in airlines and the
telecommunications sector.
 
¶11.   (C/REL UK) The Bureau of Private Enterprises oversaw
the privatization of many government-owned business,
including sugar, steel, rice and other sectors.  It is widely
believed that the privatization exercise benefited both the
President, through Aliko Dangote, and the Vice President,
through various agents.
 
¶12.   (C/REL UK) Meanwhile, at the state level, the personal
excesses of several governors indicate that they are finding
ways to supplement their government salaries:
 
--Edo State governor Lucky Igbenedion purchased a $6 million
mansion in London in 2000 through a series of shell
companies, a year after he was elected governor.  He has two
Ferraris on the premises.  He also owns reputedly the most
expensive residence in Abuja, estimated at $25 million.
 
--Delta State governor James Ibori owns two London estates.
The properties were purchased for $3 million and $4 million,
respectively, after Ibori was elected governor.  Through a
shell company registered to his London-based wife, he offered
for public auction an ongoing supply of 6 million barrels of
oil per month.  When reporters confronted his wife, the shell
companies abruptly changed their directors so that Ibori's
wife was no longer listed.
 
--Rivers State governor Peter Odili has built an impressive
portfolio from his corrupt dealings as governor of one of the
oil-rich states in Nigeria since his first election in 1999.
Beginning his political career as a medical doctor with a
small private clinic in Port Harcourt, he now hosts
extravagant events and boasts that it would not have been
possible "before he became governor."  Further, he is widely
suspected of being directly responsible for facilitating
massive irregularities in both the 1999 and 2003 elections.
His own state officials have claimed that Odili has employed
militia groups, many of which are responsible for the
continuing unrest in the delta region.
 
--Each of the 36 state governors donated 10 million naira
(about $75,000) to the Obasanjo library project.   Following
a public outcry, the library organizers stated the donations
were from the governors' personal funds, but several
governors backpedaled from their commitments, claiming they
had made no such pledges.  When a Lagos lawyer filed a code
of conduct complaint alleging conflict of interest in the
President's receiving these donations from recipients of
government funds, Obasanjo invoked the immunity clause of the
constitution, and the complaint died out.
 
---------------
What Can We Do?
---------------
 
¶13.   (S/REL UK) While we cannot prove all of these
accusations in a court of law, their significance is that
they are widely believed both among political figures and
among that part of the general public that is politically
aware.  It is in the USG's interest to support Nigeria's
efforts to root out corruption and, while our positive public
pronouncements contribute to the environment, the biggest
influence we can have is the judicious use of U.S. visa
revocation for corrupt practices, as provided by Presidential
Proclamation 7750.  Though we are unable to identify every
 
ABUJA 00000483  004 OF 004
 
 
corrupt official, the Mission is compiling a list of some
prominent and egregious corrupt officials from throughout the
country.  This list will take into consideration the
individuals, levels of corruption and the impact on Nigerian
stability of a 7750 decision.  The list could be expanded in
many directions, but the Mission feels that such an effort
would demonstrate the sincerity and seriousness of the USG's
commitment to good governance and, if these individuals are
found ineligible, that finding could contribute greatly to
entrenching the precepts of good governance and
accountability in Nigeria.
FUREY

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I remember, this same story

I remember, this same story was reported in some local newspapers during the debt deal some years back, if it was anything dubious, do you people think the World Bank will allow her to come back for even more higher position?. I also remember the story stated that her brother was one of the consulting Teams that brokered the deal with the Paris club for Nigeria's debt settlement. If the debt deal was not done then, Nigeria's foreign debt profile could be in the region of 60 Billion by now. Lets give honour to whom honour is due , if Okonjo Iweala's brother was part of the consulting Team that brokered the deal, kudos to him for job welldone. it could have been a lot worse today. $50M for Job done while some collected Billions of Dollars for Job not done.

@TIMISHO, Oh yes, tribal

@TIMISHO, Oh yes, tribal idiot like you, We are discussing persons, you are bringing your blind tribal hatred into it. Do I really care if you like Igbo or not, it does not matter as your hate or likeness have nothing to do with us. It is obvious they are borne out of envy and petty jealousy. It is not our fault, it is God that blesses us and gives us the power to excel in whatever we touches, go and hang with your blind hatred. There are no place for dark minds like you in this forum. The Star power of this Proud daughter of Africa can never be tarnished by ravenous and poisonous animals like you. Judge the Woman's past tenure as the finance minister and those that has occupied the seat before now. The President must have seen the difference before asking her to come back even with more responsibilities in order to move this country forward.

@ Timisho, Re: Ibos never objective.....ALL of them?? Hmmm!!

Hatred is like mental sickness. There is nothing physical about it.

If you have issues with Ngozi, or Nwa-Morah, I can understand. But to blankly insult ALL Igbos well, is mental madness. Go seek for help now.

In the big picture, deep down, I care for you cos I know that you are from Yoruba land, we are all from the African family. Not Arab or Caucasian. Until then, I blame our misunderstanding on poverty of the mind and that of the stomach.

Cheers!!!

@cappagh brigade, you must be

@cappagh brigade, you must be sick, show the woman some respect, afterall she left a more respectable Job at the world Bank to come and serve her country again. What is wrong if her brother got a Job through her? the question should be, Did he get the Job on merit? Since when she left in 2006 and left the country with a bouyant Foreign reserve, what is the status of our foreign reserves today? Depleted if do not know. I commend the courage of GEJ for bringing her back inspite of oppositions from those who are not confortable in having her back because of what it portends to their business as usual attitude. No amount of distractions will make her fail in her quest to rescue this country for Economic collapse. The leaking purse must be tightened.

VERY DISGRACING

I'm kinda tired for this country if not for the fact that i'm a patriotic Nigerian i would have applied for an European country's visa but i love this country to do that why will few people just bag and pack Nigerians wealth to their pocket when i know of about Millions of people who finds it hard to eat i square meal in a day ehhh.... well what we need now is God's intervention and prayers for our dear country cos i a looking forward to the day Nigeria will be a good place for all to live in, with every thing not far fetched we have the capacity but we are too greedy!

Okonjo Iweala

Ngozi Okojo-Iweala is yet to deny the report. So why defend or hold brief? Not even in America has Wikileaks been proven wrong in all their released cables.

@cappagh brigade

You are absolutely right!!!

BREAKING NEWS. Okonjo-Iweala vows to tackle corruption (LOL)

OOPS, THE LOOTER DIDNT GET THE MEMO THAT WIKILEAKS HAS ALREADY EXPOSED HER (SIC).

http://odili.net/news/source/2011/sep/9/814.html

US SHOULD REVOKE THEIR VISAS AND CANCEL NGOZIS US PASSPORT

BUNCH OF SCUM BAGS WALKING THE EARTH. I DO NOT WISH THEM WELL. THE ONLY LANGUAGE THEY UNDERSTAND IS REFUSAL TO ENTER USA . THEY NEED TO BE BARRED SO THAT THESE LOOTING CAN STOP.

I ALWAYS KNEW THAT SHAMELESS WOMAN WAS A FRAUD.

 A thief is a thief and his or her tribe irrelevant. If anyone can remeber i had vigorously drawn attention to the shameless ugly fat woman called Iweala. She lied & bamboozled her way to become a minister like most ministers do ,but yet tried to hide under a pseudointellectual alter ego saying "i worked for world bank & i am immune to corruption" & because most Nigerians lack reasoning ability,all attempts by well meaning Nigerians to unmask her met tribal resistance but look at her now. El rufai the man that asked for money to import a taxi according to cables now writes "intelligently" on our forum trying to distance himself from himself. Why is Goodluck silent? All the thiefs indicted by these cables ought to speak up or resign & stand trial but i am not holding my breath for we are ruled by  mentally retarded kleptomaniacs.

Heresay: Even Amb Campbell admits so

The accussation against Ngozi is so far fetched. So she gets El Rufai to do her dirty work??? Realllly!

Which brings me to Ambasador Campbell. Although the Amb admits that his accusations are heresays and cannot be proven in a court of law, I do wonder at the Ambasador's seeming gullibility - it appears he believes and transmits everything he hears to the USG.

It means I, Ekwutox, can fabricate any slightly credible sounding story and sell to the the Ambasador. Thereafter he, the ambasador, will transmit my fabricated story to the USG!

Perharps this is why he was not given another ambasadorial appointment.

Wind.... Foul...... Nyansh

Wind done blow them nyash for all to see.

That Okonjo-Iweala is a crook is a well known fact. Only the mentally ret4rded among us believe she is some kind of super star.

That crooks like Dangote, Elumelu, Ovia, etc were acting as fronts for Obasanjo the champanzee and other crooked politicians is incontrovertible.

You have to be very dull to believe that El-Rufai is not a thief, going by his antecedent at BPE.

Thank you Asange for Wikileaks.

Campbell has, by virtue of this report, become my hero. No wonder they rejected his application for Visa to visit Nigeria in 2007. The tone of his report betrayed his passion and love for Nigeria. By virtue of this report America came out smelling of roses. And this is from someone like me that call America a bandit state.

DONT CARE

U could call me a bigot or  an ethnic jingoist,i dont give a damn. Once you take pleasure in defending rouges cos they are your people.Obj is a rouge like many other yoruba leaders.same applies to people from different ethnic groups already alledged of one thing or the other.stop ur nonsencical support for any rouge.lies travels a long mile while the truth still fidgets on what panties to put on.Be realistic.How many conviction ve we had since efcc has been constituted? you fools.IF IWEALA IS FOUND CULPABLE.SHE SHOULD SIMPLY RESIGN

IBOS,....................NEVER OBJECTIVE

I am always appalled when i see people joining issues with Ibo people on this forum ,they will always twist issues once it has anything to do with an ibo person.Lots of names across the nation was mentioned but simply cos iweala is there, all hell is let loose,what miracle did she performed when she was first appointed.if not that nija is unfortunate to ve a very uncharismatic cum visionless leader in jona.iweala would never ve been invited.Jona does not ve a clue..just unfortunate Buhari was rigged out.would ve assisted in dealing with that mad man called obj who singlehandedly ruined a generation.

What a heck is going on in Nigeria and we hope for 2020, folks!

[As Minister of Finance under the government of O. Obasanjo, Nigeria’s returnee Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, steered public contracts to her brother worth up to $50 million, with the help of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, yet another WikiLeaks US cable issued in 2006 says. The contracts were said to have been awarded to the man, identified only as “JonJon,” for consulting work for the ministry. The detailed cable, which spells out corruption …, are contained in a cable in which the United States was considering response to the corruption machine in Nigeria. Entitled “Corruption: Nigeria "improves" to sixth-worst in the world...what can we do about it?”] Tell U what we can do about it; look at my solutions to corruption in Nigeria and see if it doesn’t do the trick within ‘One Year!’ It works like magic! Those who think it’s difficult just look at the solutions!

A Nation get the Leaders they desired.

From all the comments so far, I cry for my country becos both the illetrate and educated illerate are the same. When we can not use our head why will the leaders not use them for us.
In other words they are using our heads. period

A word is enough for the wise

Bye

I knew it, I knew it!

How could we all be fooled! I have often maintained that there's no way a saint would work with devils. Yes she is credible at the World bank because there's no room for her to award inflated contracts to her cronies. But when the chicken came home to roost, she showed her true colour. I am not disappointed at this revelation, just that for once, I am not pleased that I have been right all along. Coming from the same community as Mrs. Iweala-Okonjo, I find it shameful and disgraceful. Nigeria is in deep shit. Tufiakwa!

OK!! SO:- A - ajá, B � bàtà,

OK!! SO:-
A - ajá, B � bàtà, D � dọjẹ, E � ejò, Ẹ � ẹyẹ, F -fila, G � gèlè, GB - gbàgbá, H � haúsá, I � igi, J � jàgùdà, K � kàkàkí, L � labalábá, M � maalu, N � naira, O � owo, Ọ � ọpọlọ, P � pàkúté, R � ràkúnmí, S � sálúbàtà, ß � ÿíbí, T � tata, U � isU, W � Wàhálà, Y � yànmùyánmú

what a hoax!

Do we need to be reminded of her role in reducing the nations' debt? Should we believe the World Bank didn't do background check up on her before employing her? This is surely a ploy for us to pull down our own.

Feyi, don't be a complete

Feyi, don't be a complete fool. Do you imagine SR would fabricate all these texts? Why not the people concerned respond first?

@Feyi

@Feyi, why can't you go back to school? 'Agbalabawa re' classes should be free in Nigeria. Follow the original link to Wikileaks on the dubious Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Will you call that a lie too? Please wake up! It could mean that all Ngozi wahala's supporters are fraudsters too. Awon Ole!

Where are the superior minds?

Where are the superior minds? Where are the mental elites? Where are the uncompromising and unsuccumbing? Are you cognitive deficit by sloppiness or apathy? I am convinced you aren't, this is who you are the GALLANT amongst africans. The system is inconceivably corrupt period! so filthily corrupt, so vile that the efforts of one or a few would effect a rather insignificant change; except a concordal unification of forces is reached then and there would we sucessfully rip down this gigantic and monstrous vulture taking abode amongst the populace only then can there be true sustainable metamophorsis and transition. I do not care who presides over the nigeria as long as there is absolute functionality and accountability. I oblige you today that we must arise and fight disregarding tribal and religious sentiments which ultimately serve as a bait for retrogression. Remember strenght isn,t always exemplified by an appalling physique but by volition determination and resilience.

So after all these sickening

So after all these sickening news about people who are still in government or are retired and our people still hail them for the crumbs we can get, what are we going to do about it. We are just a nation of hypocrites, sycophants ans silly bitches(people that can take as much bullshit as possible and do nothing about it)

Medicine After Death

Wikileaks is equal to Medicine After Death. Of what use are these (Wikileaks) revelations when they are coming way too late? Whose interest does Wikileaks serve? If Wikileaks is truly on the side of the common man in Nigeria and developing nations in general, then Wikileaks must publish their reports proactively because prevention is better than cure.

The only hope for naija is

The only hope for naija is someone like Flt Lt Jerry Rawlings!

I am calling for Biafra v.2 NOW !!!

The contract was Excuted Right?

turst is the key
many were give contrcts or jobs the couldn't performnor nor deliver
INec look at the whole Nigeria and trusted Stan EKE ZINOXX with over 30Billion INEC contract and he delivered, Delivery and trust is the key word, you don;t join story with facts, I visited the wikilink and found out tht SR is doing cut and paste journalism on their site just like other lie-lie publishers in Nigeria does when given money to do character assissnation. no matter what! a NJIA is NJIA always with PHD

Ask yourself

Are we to rely on these blatant lies from Wikileaks? By attacking Ngozi Okonjo
Iweala, they have lost the final shreds of credibility they claimed to have. If she
was corrupt, the World Bank would have the dossier and she would not be hired again.
Seriously, we should not be swayed by mere hearsay and conjecture. This woman is a
globally respected icon. We should not unfairly castigate one of our own, by the
hands of foreigners.

@Major - u imbecile! Dont u

@Major - u imbecile! Dont u realise that hausas and yorubas r the biggest thiefs in naija?

Ask yourself

Are we to rely on these blatant lies from Wikileaks? By attacking Ngozi Okonjo
Iweala, they have lost the final shreds of credibility they claimed to have. If she
was corrupt, the World Bank would have the dossier and she would not be hired again.
Seriously, we should not be swayed by mere hearsay and conjecture. This woman is a
globally respected icon. We should not unfairly castigate one of our own, by the
hands of foreigners.

Hmmm!

What do you expect? No be Igbo woman she be?