A Kenyan opposition leader identified to be Raila Odinga, has used Nigeria as a subject of a laughter-provoking cure to draw a nexus between corrupt enrichment and development crisis at a conference in Kenya.
Mr Raila Odinga, Kenya’s former prime minister, said on Friday at a multi-sectoral National Anti-Corruption Conference which also had in attendance the current country’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr Odinga stated that when he was the minister for roads, public works and housing, from 2003 to 2005, he was told a story about a minister in Nigeria.
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The Nigerian minister which he explained was taken on a tour of Malaysia to show various infrastructural projects by his Malaysian friends.
The tour which the Nigerian minister went on ended with a dinner at the Malaysian minister’s palatial home.
The former Kenyan prime minister said:
“At the end of the evening, he (Nigerian minister) asked his host how he had managed to do so well for himself to which the Malaysian minister took the Nigerian to his balcony and showed him a highway far off. ‘You see that highway, 10% here’ the Malaysian said,”
Mr Odinga explained, saying that a part of the fund for the road had gone back to the minister in kickback used to build his impressive home.
The audience began to laugh.
It then became the time for the Nigerian minister to showcase his acquisition as a proceed of corruption.
The Malaysian minister went to Nigeria to visit the Nigerian minister.
Both of the ministers went round Nigeria and, unlike Malaysia, the roads in Nigeria were in terrible conditions with potholes around the country.
After the completion of the tour, the Nigerian minister took the Malaysian to his house in Lagos.
Mr Odinga, described the home in Lagos, saying:
“He found an Olympic sized swimming pool, the sofa sets were imported from Britain, most of the kitchen-ware were golden,”
The Malaysian asked how his friend had accumulated wealth and was taken to the balcony.
“Do you see that highway there?,” asked the west African minister but the Malaysian could see nothing”