The U.S. government allegedly gave Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari the names of Nigerian oil thieves who have been stealing and illegally stockpiling the West African nation’s oil. U.S, according to a news report in the London based International Business Times.
President Barack Obama’s administration provided Buhari with the names last week when the Nigerian leader was visiting the White House, according to a Nigerian newspaper that cited presidential sources.
A member of the Nigerian president’s entourage told the Punch that Buhari was shocked by the names, and it could prompt him to probe the administration of former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who was widely accused of corruption. “I can tell you that the president already has the list of names of the people engaging in the stealing of Nigeria’s oil. The list, when released by the president, will shock Nigerians,” the source, who reportedly spoke on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper on Tuesday.
A second unnamed source within Buhari’s administration confirmed with the Punch that Buhari was given the names of top Nigerian government officials who were abusing their power to loot the country’s oil, as well as the names of illegal oil hoarders. “The president will probe all of them and make sure they return whatever fortune they made from their thievery,” the source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Punch on Tuesday.