Nigeria's Budget Is Approved In America Before Buhari Signs - Femi Falana
The influence of America and Europe on the way of life of Nigerians is undeniable.
From the cars we drive to the clothes we wear and our growing love for the NBA and the UEFA Champions League; it is obvious that majority of Nigeria's young population have their eyes and hearts fixed on life across the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
But claims that foreign imperialists are still lurking on our corridor of power have been made by Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana.
He says these Western forces have been dictating who emerges as the Ministers of Petroleum and Finance since the dawn of the 4th Republic on May 29, 1999.
"It is this foreign imperialists who decide the minister of petroleum and finance, in such a way that before the president signs the budget, a draft would have gone to Washington for approval.
"When they brought Ngozi Okonjo Iweala twice from the World Bank it was not a mistake. It was deliberate, she was sent back to be minister, because these imperialists felt, Nigeria was not doing well in accordance to what they had prescribed", he said.
Falana was speaking at a civil discourse in Lagos to celebrate Felabration 2017.
"Even the lady that is presently there. If you look at all the finance ministers like Aganga and the rest, they are either from world bank, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and the rest".
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On close observation of the last three ministers of finance, here's what we noticed.
Olusegun Aganga served from 6 April 2010 to June 2011. Aganga previously worked in Arthur Young in Nigeria, Ernst & Young in London UK, and Goldman Sachs International in London.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - She served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003-2006, 2011-2015). Before her appointment was previously Managing Director of the World Bank.
Kemi Adeosun is currently Nigeria's Finance Minister - In 2002, Kemi became financial controller at Chapel Hill Denham Management and subsequently, Managing Director in 2010.