Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has alleged that some government officials divert public funds to sponsor elections.
She said this while speaking about her new book – Fighting Corruption is Dangerous, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She also said “People are happy to see the symptoms being taken care of, punitive measure, you know it makes big headlines when people are hauled off to jail and the media blasts the story, which is good, there ought to be consequences and punitive actions but it’s not enough.
“If you don’t fix some of the root causes, the next set of people will come in, and with those opportunities, they might do the same thing.”
The former minister, at another forum, shared how she was locked out of the presidential villa during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration because she refused to play ball.
She also shared how a presidential aide who didn’t want a policy to take off because of vested interests, told her to back off.
“The presidential aide told me that he wanted to convey a message to me that there were people not happy with the port reforms especially the abolishment of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN). And he asked me, indeed advised me to reinstate it. I was dismayed,” she added.
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