NGOS CALL ON PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU TO DISTANCE NEW GOVERNMENT FROM ALLEGEDLY CORRUPT ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU
By Ifeoluwa Sunday
President Tinubu GCFR
Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria have urged President Bola Tinubu to distance his new government from Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who has been accused of corruption. The National Rights Group for Acceptability and Good Governance, Frontline Campaigners for Probity and Transparency, and the Civil Society Campaign for Ethics and Humanity have all written letters to the presidency, citing overwhelming evidence of Bagudu's corrupt past.
The NGOs claimed that Bagudu is unfit to be a part of the new Tinubu Administration due to his pending criminal cases in the United States and United Kingdom. The documents presented by the NGOs mention charges of embezzlement, extortion, fraudulent debt-by-back schemes, and money laundering escapades against Bagudu. The group collectively pleaded with President Tinubu to distance himself from Bagudu, stating that the latter would only smear the government's image.
According to United States District Court documents cited by the NGOs, Bagudu is accused of siphoning nearly $2 billion of Nigeria's funds under the guise of national security. The NGOs questioned why the All Progressives Congress (APC) has difficulty upholding justice and truth and urged relevant government institutions to take necessary action.
The United States Department of Justice has labeled Bagudu as part of a network involved in stealing, embezzling, misappropriating, and extorting billions from the Nigerian government. As a result, Bagudu's assets, along with those linked to the Abacha loot, were reportedly frozen. In 2003, Bagudu faced criminal charges in the United Kingdom, leading to the forfeiture of his assets to the government. Subsequently, in 2013, the Department of Justice opened another criminal case against Bagudu in the District Court in Washington.
Meanwhile, President Tinubu is reportedly considering whether or not to discard Bagudu's nomination, as he faces a dilemma over the issue.
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, also known as Atiku Bagudu, is a Nigerian politician and the current governor of Kebbi State, Nigeria. He was born on 26th December 1961 in Bagudu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
Bagudu began his political career in the late 1990s when he served as a member of the House of Representatives representing the Bagudo/Wasagu Federal Constituency. He successfully won re-election for three consecutive terms, from 1999 to 2011, making significant contributions to the legislative process and representing the interests of his constituents.
In 2015, Bagudu contested and won the gubernatorial election in Kebbi State, becoming the governor. He was re-elected for a second term in office, consolidating his position as a key figure in Nigerian politics. As the governor, Bagudu focused on various developmental projects and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the people in Kebbi State. His tenure coming to an end however saw the Governorship of KEBBI state passed on to Dr. Nasir Idris in the just concluded 2023 elections.
In addition to his political career, Atiku Bagudu is also a successful entrepreneur with interests in sectors such as oil and gas, real estate, and agriculture. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Maiduguri and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Bayero University, Kano.
Overall, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is a prominent Nigerian politician and governor who has made significant contributions to the development of Kebbi State through his visionary leadership and commitment to progress.