- Bolaji Owasanoye, executive secretary of PACAC, says President Buhari has demonstrated his commitment to the fight against corruption
- Owasanoye notes that the current administration has exposed many Illicit Financial Flows(IFF) going on in the country and as well exposed some government officials who looted funds
- The presidential aide says Buhari is influencing global narrative and changing global orientations about Nigeria
Bolaji Owasanoye, executive secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not a safe haven for people with stolen money or looted assets.
Owasanoye said this in his paper at a one-day conference on Nigeria’s foreign policy under President Muhammadu Buhari administration (2015-2019) held at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos on Thursday, January 31.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the paper was entitled war against corruption and Nigeria’s foreign policy.
“President Muhammadu Buhari administration is not a safe haven for anybody that has stolen money and and anybody fighting corruption cannot have friends,” he said.
According to Owasanoye, President Buhari has demonstrated his commitment to the fight against corruption such that no one is in doubt of his administration’s stance on corruption.
“His administration exposed many Illicit Financial Flows(IFF) going on in the country and as well exposed some government officials who looted funds and kept it in unknown bank accounts or kept in foreign banks.
“Today, corruption is a major threat to the corporate existence of Nigeria as it undermines public institutions, destroys investment climate, subverts the rule of law, perpetuates human rights abuses, allowed crimes, among others.
“Now, discussion at the international level without reference to War Against Corruption cannot be complete without referencing PMB efforts,” the presidential aide said.
He said that the president was influencing global narrative and changing global orientations about Nigeria.
“His efforts to stop corruption has increased bilateral, regional and international partnership under the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and World Bank on issues of asset tracing, recovery and return.
“Also consistent in exploring relevant platforms in international and regional gathering to emphasise the need to fight IFF, encourage asset return and increase punishment for corruption,” Owasanoye said.
Owasanoye said that PMB administration would continue to fight corruption as anything that undermined national security, political stability, and the growth of the country should be fought to a standstill.
Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, January 30, said he would consider granting amnesty to corrupt persons willing to surrender their loot.
Atiku said this while fielding questions alongside his running mate, Peter Obi, on a live programme hosted by journalist, Kadaria Ahmed.
The PDP presidential candidate said he would consider drawing a line during which corrupt former public officials would be allowed to return their loot without prosecution after which strong policies would be put in place to prevent and fight corruption.
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