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Graft Allegations Dog Nigeria’s Main Presidential Hopefuls

  • Tinubu and Abubakar have both been accused of corruption
  • Issue is unlikely to feature on campaign trail, analysts say
Bola Tinubu
Bola TinubuPhotographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images
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The fight against corruption has been a top campaign issue in Nigeria’s last two presidential elections, but the history of graft allegations surrounding the two main candidates means neither is likely to raise it in the run-up to February’s vote.

Front-runner Bola Tinubu, who secured the ruling party’s nomination earlier this month, was being investigated by the country’s anti-corruption agency as recently as last June. Three decades ago he fought a lawsuit in which the US government accused him of laundering the proceeds of heroin trafficking and eventually reached a settlement.