Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man transferred Two Hundred million naira to Hadiza Bala Usman, the current boss of the Nigerian Port Authority and a former lead campaigner of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group days before the 2015 Presidential election won by current President Muhammadu Buhari.
BBOG according to their profile, is a diverse group of citizens advocating for speedy and effective search and rescue of all our abducted girls and for a rapid containment and quelling of insurgency in Nigeria.
People’s Gazette in a report stated that the transactions were sent in two tranches from two different bank accounts of Dangote to Ms. Bala Usman’s account with Access Bank.
It said Ms. Bala Usman received the first N100 million transfer on February 6, 2015; while the second N100 million came through three days later on February 9. The transfers carried ambiguous descriptions that made it difficult to conclude their purpose.
The report further stated that even though Dangote and Ms. Bala Usman declined to clarify the transactions, at least two sources close to the APC campaign told the Gazette that the N200 million was part of the campaign donations channelled to the opposition campaign through proxies like Ms. Bala Usman.
It said “She played a helpful role during the campaign through the backdoor,” a senior party official in APC Lagos chapter told the Gazette. “She received money towards Nasir El-Rufai‘s campaign and, by extension, the Buhari-Osinbajo campaign.”