Al Jazeera: Nigerians ask: #WhereIsOurMoney?

Dr Brimah starts protests over missing $20 billion at Nigerian embassy in new York, Feb. 22, 2014

Image: Dr. Peregrino Brimah of stands in protest Friday at Nigerian embassy, New York

Feb. 24, 2014

Al Jazeera

Allegations that billions of dollars in oil revenues are missing has Nigerians online demanding accountability from their government.

Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi has repeatedly called for an investigation into the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Sanusi initially charged that nearly $50 billion went missing in 18 months, but an audit ordered by the Senate finance committee estimates the amount to be closer to $20 billion.

President Goodluck Jonathan suspended Sanusi on Thursday, describing his leadership of the central bank in a statement as “characterised by various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct”. Sanusi plans to appeal the suspension in court.

Many used #WhereIsOurMoney to debate the suspension and criticise the government for failing to account for the alleged missing revenue.


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