(PRWEB) April 02, 2013
Hot News from Peculiar Magazine reports that the United States of America may cut aid to Nigeria following the presidential pardon granted a former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and seven others.
A presidential pardon granted to a former governor and seven others who were arrested on corruption charges, may have embittered the US which is an ever principled and lawful nation and has been a benefactor to Nigeria.
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The United States of America may cut aid to Nigeria following the presidential pardon granted a former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and seven others.
Nigeria is one of the biggest recipients of US aid in Africa. Last year the US gave Nigeria about $226m in development aid and is expected to spend $600m this year.
Alamieyeseigha was found guilty and convicted of corruption before he was pardoned on Tuesday by the National Council of State after a meeting in Abuja.
The US stated that it was disappointed that those convicted of corruption could be pardoned by the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
It said the move was a setback for Nigeria’s anti corruption crusade.
A US newspaper, The Hill, quoted the State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland as saying, “The United States government is deeply disappointed over the recent pardons of corrupt officials by the Nigerian government.
“We see this as a setback for the fight against corruption and also for our ability to play the strong role we’ve played in supporting rule of law and legal institution building in Nigeria, which is very important for the future of the country, obviously.”
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