Why Did A Nigerian Company Pay Bill Clinton $1.4 Million For Two Speeches?

Why Did A Nigerian Company Pay Bill Clinton $1.4 Million For Two Speeches?
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AFRICANGLOBE – An investigation has revealed that Nigerian newspaper THISDAY paid Bill Clinton $700,000 for a single speech – and that this occurred twice in two years. One speech was given in 2011, and one in 2012. Bill Clinton also spoke at a THISDAY event in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in February 2013.

At the time of Bill Clinton’s speeches, a members of a  small community of individuals which had turnd direction towards policy towards Nigeria wanted Washington to take a tougher line on corruption in the oil-rich country.

Prior to Hillary Clinton’s speech, Human Rights Watch wrote to the secretary of state, urging her to take a tougher stance on alleged human-rights abuses by the Nigerian government when meeting Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and declaring his anti-corruption agency had “not yet made significant strides”; HRW pointed out that “despite the endemic corruption, no senior political figure in Nigeria is currently serving prison time for corruption.”

In a speech in 2012, Hillary Clinton said regarding President Jonathon, “We intend to remain very supportive on your reform efforts. Thank you for mentioning the work we did together on the election.

We were also very supportive of anti-corruption reform efforts, more transparency in the work that you and your team are also championing because we really believe that the future for Nigeria is limitless.”

No speeches were given in 2013 and a year later a turnaround was evident when she said, in 2014, “The government of Nigeria has been in my view somewhat derelict in its responsibility toward protecting boy and girls, men and women in northern Nigeria over the last years. . . . Nigeria has made bad choices, not hard choices,” “They have squandered their oil wealth, they have allowed corruption to fester and now they are losing control of parts of their territory because they wouldn’t make hard choices.”

The situation has given fuel to fire in the US with the belief that corporate interests are able to influence government action and in doing so give money to those in power.

 

Why Did A Nigerian Company Pay Bill Clinton $1.4 Million For Two Speeches?
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Bill Clinton was paid $700,000 by the CEO of a Nigerian company, as 70% of Nigerian citizens are living on less than a dollar per day.

And by that year, Hillary was offering a dramatically different view of the Nigerian government and Goodluck Jonathan:

“The government of Nigeria has been in my view somewhat derelict in its responsibility toward protecting boy and girls, men and women in northern Nigeria over the last years. . . . Nigeria has made bad choices, not hard choices,” Clinton said, parroting the name of her forthcoming memoir. “They have squandered their oil wealth, they have allowed corruption to fester and now they are losing control of parts of their territory because they wouldn’t make hard choices.”