This is how Buhari may be misusing UK aid to fund his fight against corruption and not Boko Haram

Recent reports suggest that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari may have a sense of misplaced ‘funding’ priorities. According to The Telegraph, foreign aid given to Nigeria to assist in the fight against its homegrown terrorists, Boko Haram, is being used to fund an anti-corruption drive, targeting his opposition instead.

Here is why western officials are now expressing concerns that the Buhari led administration is using UK Aid to prosecute opposition politicians instead of fighting Boko Haram:

Under the Buhari-led administration, many members of the former ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have been arrested and imprisoned without charge. The party’s official spokesperson is one of those who have been detained as well.

Britain has given Nigeria a total of £860 million in foreign aid to support the country’s efforts to end Boko Haram’s reign of terror within and outside the country. But, even as the militant group continues to attack areas in northern Nigeria, Buhari stated that Boko Haram had ‘technically been defeated’ early this year.

In addition to this, $2.1 billion of money given to the Nigerian military by American officials to aid in the fight against Boko Haram is yet to be properly accounted for.

Not only is Boko Haram currently one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups, UNICEF reports that its suicide bombers are now mainly children. Rather than helping to prosecute a group responsible for more deaths than ISIS, foreign aid seems to be proving more effective in the war against corruption.

The way a leader thinks is critical in assessing their ability to do just that, lead. Discussions on Muhammadu Buhari are unlikely to occur without the mention of his stance on corruption. This is what the current president and former Military General is known for – his intolerance for indiscipline and compulsion to eliminate corruption from the Nigerian society. The only problem is that now, political opponents are concerned that he may be going back to his ‘old’ ways, misusing British aid to somewhat solidify his hold on power as opposed to strengthening the country’s ability to defeat Boko Haram.

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