Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the prompt repatriating of stolen money held abroad
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the speeding up of the procedure aimed at repatriating money dedicated to the fight against terrorism which is held abroad after being stolen by public officials.
Buhari who was elected president last year, has made the fight against corruption and terrorism a priority.
Africa's largest economy and oil exporter has been coping with the global slump in crude prices. This western African country has been going through its worst economic crisis in decades, with two-thirds of the country's 36 states having difficulties to pay salaries to workers.
Nowadays, 70 percent of Nigerians live on $1 a day or less while a small elite has benefited from endemic corruption.
Buhari has exhorted several nations including the United States and Switzerland to help to recover said funds. "We are looking for more cooperation from the EU, United States, other countries and international institutions to recover the nation's stolen assets, particularly proceeds from the stolen crude oil" Nigeria’s president has declared adding that "It is taking very long and Nigerians are becoming impatient". Buhari has also urged the executive secretary of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Bank to assist in the repatriation of the money.
Mr Buhari's political opponents accuse him of waging a witch-hunt against the previous administration headed by Mr Goodluck Jonathan who ruled Nigeria from 2010 to 2015.
(With Reuters Africa)