The Grassroots Effort to Assist the Most Challenged Areas of the World in Addressing Corruption and Fraud

It may seem odd to one’s ears hearing that Nigeria is planning corruption charges against Dick Chaney.

In all actually, it is not.

Some of you here partake in the tricking of the tricksters, as I call it. I do not partake in that; I say, “Fighting fraud with fraud only leads to more fraud.” I can understand desperation with no means of law enforcement protection; needful though misguided ways, take on an inappropriate creativity.

I take part in a grassroots effort to aid some of the most challenged areas of the world in addressing corruption and fraud. Naturally, one of those areas is Nigeria.

Dealing with corruption and fraud in Nigeria is a huge challenge. In the 1980’s, or there about, there was a misguided alliance, whom is not exactly clear, that lobbied to the people who fraud was a means to an end, that end being ultimately being justice.

Predatory conglomerates ravaged Nigeria, economically, socially, and environmentally. There was little regulation in Nigeria and rich resources. Moreover, Nigeria was a naïve-inexperienced-green-raw state of the likes that is more difficult to find in today’s informational situations.

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A state of corruption was born. To an extent, it does go back father than the recent generation. Nevertheless, I am not writing this to give a historical account of Nigeria or that region of Africa, nor am I inclined to detail Colonial misdeeds. Nor I am inclining to point out abandonment of Nigeria by the regionally established governments of that era.

Today, the grassroots efforts to help communities fraught with fraud are addressed in a more ethical way. Tools, ability, and good old fashion open conversations, tête-à-têtes, and brainstorming sessions are the norms. The goal is to find, encourage, and enable persons that are able to endure the type of challenges that come from exposing corruption and fraud, which are often have a history generations long. This is no easy task. Moreover, addressing the corruption and fraud is just as daunting for those that have the wherewithal.

A couple of years ago a conversation was had. The exchange was

“Look what ‘they’ have done to us” we are justified.”

“No, you have brought shame and disrepute to your homeland”

“What can be done?”

“You hold them accountable. “

The conversation went on over a couple of months. Sometimes encouragement was the topic, other times practical knowledge was the topic.

A lot of work has gone into being able even to think of such a grand task as a Cheney Collar. I would like to say, “Congratulations, my friends in Nigeria, you have won.”, but this is not a truthful statement. Addressing corruption is a tough, never-ending job. However, if this charge comes through, and God willing it does, it is documentation for the world court and a brick for Nigeria’s EFFC humble adobe. In addition, a list of more places Cheney needs not be hapless in his travels.

We should all be pleased about Nigeria’s humble triumph.

One thing is for certain, Nigeria was not on the top list of diplopic (sic) influence by diplomats.

N R may the Angels brush your path and only the best of Jinn be your friend. Take care.

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency is to charge former US Vice-President Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal that involves a former subsidiary of energy firm Halliburton.

The case centers on engineering firm KBR, which admitted bribing officials.

A lawyer for Mr. Cheney said allegations he was involved in the scandal were “entirely baseless”.

By Nick Tattersall – Thu Dec 2, 9:42 am ET

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s anti-corruption police said on Thursday they planned to file charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney in a $180 million bribery case involving a former unit of oil services firm Halliburton.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday summoned the country chief of Halliburton and last week detained 10 Nigerian and expatriate Halliburton staff for questioning after raiding its Lagos office.

“We are filing charges against Cheney,” EFCC spokesman Femi Babafemi told Reuters, but declined to give any further details on what the charges were, or where they would be filed.

Houston-based engineering firm KBR, a former Halliburton unit, pleaded guilty last year to U.S. charges that it paid $180 million in bribes between 1994 and 2004 to Nigerian officials to secure $6 billion in contracts for the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Niger Delta.

KBR and Halliburton, which was once headed by Cheney, reached a $579 million settlement in the United States but Nigeria, France and Switzerland have conducted their own investigations into the case.

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