Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
One of those fingered in the Halliburton case, Nigeria’s former vice president is surely one of the most powerful Nigerians in this generation.
He is not just one of the stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku ranks as one of those who make decisions in the northern part of the country.
There were even reports that there was friction between him and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the 2019 presidency, as he was believed to have started parleying with some of his loyalists to take over from President Buhari.
But, in spite of all the claims made against Atiku, President Buhari is said to hold him in high esteem and cannot seem to find any fault against him.
Atiku is also one of the many philanthropic Nigerians, and this gesture has endeared him to many.
General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida
Another name mentioned in the infamous Halliburton Scandal, General Babangida is another Nigerian who remains ever powerful.
Fondly referred to as ‘Maradona’, the former Military president has been acting behind the scene since he left office in 1993.
He is mostly famous in the Nigerian political sphere for his annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential which late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was believed to have won among other corruption allegations.
Many groups and bodies have called for his probe as they believe his regime was the most corrupt of all former Nigerian military heads, but like others on this list, he remains one of those President Buhari is yet to invite for questioning.
Perhaps, a day is coming when the Halliburton scandal would be reopened and he would be mentioned for questioning. But at the moment, he remains an untouchable political figure operating from the background.
Even Wikipedia refers to him as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
The Jagaban of Borgu, as he is fondly called, is arguably the most powerful politician in the country at this moment.
The former two-term governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), almost single-handedly oversaw the ouster of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections and has attained a legendary status in the country (especially among Yorubas) ever since.
But, then, he has been plagued with series of controversial allegations.
Many believe that he has many skeletons in his cupboard, but then he has never been convicted of committing any corrupt act.
He remains one of the shakers of Nigeria’s economy and about the greatest decision maker in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) despite the fact that he is only a national leader of the party.
Some Nigerians even believe that he is as strong as President Buhari or even stronger.
He is touted as the Lion of Niger Delta, Rotimi Amaechi is one of Nigeria’s most rugged politicians.
Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers state, is Nigeria’s minister of transport, having gone through a stern screening session at the National Assembly.
His screening was postponed severally because there were reports of corruption allegations against him from certain quarters in his native Rivers state, but when it eventually held, Amaechi noted publicly that he had never collected bribe in his life.
President Buhari had been asked to probe the former Speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly, for corruption as many also believe he dug into the state’s coffers to ensure the APC won the last general elections, a major reason sources say the president cannot probe him.
About two weeks ago, there was violence in the Niger Delta state and Amaechi was in the state and allegedly contributed to the malpractice in the election.
Yet, the president still rates him as one of his most trusted allies, especially within the APC caucus. Maybe the former governor would be invited for questioning in the coming months, but as things stand now, President Buhari cannot still touch him.
Do you agree with this list? Any addition or subtraction?