Corruption Without Borders: PTDF and Former Governors’ Scandals in the Nigerian Press
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) scandal and the former governors’ scandal, which this book studies, were the first high profile cases of corruption in the history of Nigeria where the president, the vice president and at least 31 out of the 36 regional governors were accused of corruption at the same period. The investigations were led by an institution established by the same government, the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC). The constitution of Nigeria has a provision that provides immunity to executives (president and governors) while they are in office. Yet, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was able to launch a massive investigation on these allegations of corruption. It was important to select these cases because they involved Northerners and Southerners, Muslims and Christians at the same time. A case of corruption without borders. Using critical discourse analysis, the chapter found a regional divide in the way the Punch and Daily Trust newspapers reported the allegations of corruption.
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