Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has been honoured by the African Union with the award for anti-corruption. This was made known by the president’s social media aide, Lauretta Onochie recently.
This award is coming just days after an explosive letter was written to the president by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. In that letter, Buhari was sternly advised not to contest for re-election in 2019. The letter is the most recent high profile rebuke of Buhari’s handling of the country since he took over in 2015.
It is surprising that Buhari would even be considered for such an award in the first place. His anti-corruption battle has not been really forthcoming. No court case has been won and no other person has been jailed outside the Dasuki-gate trial.
Looting has not really stopped either. Just last year embarrassing allegations of corruption emerged in the presidency with plenty of evidences. At least one individual wanted by the country’s anti-corruption bodies, has been allowed back into the country and even given appointment in a federal ministry. Allegations of budget padding have been constant since 2016.
So, how Buhari was considered and given this honour at the AU is most worrisome, and continues to remind everyone that the Union is truly out of touch with the realities in African countries.