Stella Dimoko Dabiri-Erewa And Sagay Appeals To Nigerians ''Lend Your Voice To The Unconditional Release Of Recovered Stolen Assets


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Dabiri-Erewa And Sagay Appeals To Nigerians ''Lend Your Voice To The Unconditional Release Of Recovered Stolen Assets

Nigerians both home and abroad have been called upon to join the crusade for the unconditional and immediate release of recovered stolen assets of Nigeria stashed abroad.

This was the call made by the duo of Prof. Itse Sagay, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora at a joint press conference in Abuja.

This is the time for Nigerians in the Diaspora and every friend of Nigeria to get involved in the advocacy to recover stolen assets, not just in words, but in deed. We need no apologies from recipients of stolen assets. Our demand is the unconditional return of our stolen national patrimony’’, Sagay said.

Sagay assured the western world that Nigeria as a nation has put in place transparent and credible mechanisms to ensure that returned assets are used for the welfare of the people and the victims of the crime of corruption.

He said the timing could not be more appropriate than now as the nation struggles with recession, reduced income from petroleum products, restiveness in South East and South-South and remnants of insurgency in North East with millions of internally displaced persons representing the victims of corruption.

Any return will go a long way in helping Nigeria resolve the mirage of challenges it is confronted with’’,

Funds returned for instance can be used to construct roads; build schools, improve education; stimulate the economy, build industries to create jobs; provide quality and affordable health-care; guarantee security of lives and property through proper funding of security agencies’’, he added.

Using the World Bank estimates, Sagay said that one-third of funds allegedly stolen between 2006 and 2013 could have been used to provide 635.18 kilometers of roads; build 36 ultra-modern hospitals across the country; build 183 schools; educate 3,974 children from primary to tertiary level at 25.24 million per child; build 20,062 units of 2-bedroom houses, among many others.

Between 1960 and 1999 when the country returned to democratic rule for instance, over $400 billion was stolen by corrupt public officers and laundered outside the country while recent revelations showed that between 2006 and 2013, 55 persons allegedly stole or diverted over N1.34tr from public coffers’’, he revealed.

Sagay said a large part of the stolen funds are stashed away in countries like Switzerland, the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, among others.

Despite the efforts and achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting corruption and recovered all the stolen money, some countries have refused to implement the asset return component of United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC).

“Nigeria presently stands to lose another 550 million dollars recovered from the Abacha’s family to the U.S. contrary to the earlier promise by the U.S. to return same to Nigeria,” he said.

Sagay said the amount represented a separate tranche from the earlier 480 million dollars forfeited to the U.S. following a court judgment in August 2014.

Speaking in the same vein, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa decried the uncooperative attitude of the countries where the stolen funds Are being stashed.

America has over 400million dollars that have been officially recovered as stolen funds from Nigeria.

“But America is keeping the funds, they are telling us about technicalities, they are saying we recovered doesn’t mean we can return.

“We want every Nigerian in Diaspora, friends of Nigeria, to join this committee in demanding that every Nigeria’s stolen fund recovered in any part of the world should be returned to Nigeria,” She said.

According to her, the person who steals is just as guilty as the person who keeps stolen funds.

The trio of the chairman of ICPC, Barr. Ekpo Nta, DG National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari and the Executive secretary of PACAC. Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye also decried the stringent conditions for repatriation being given by the western countries.

``We will join the committee to embark on an advocacy with Nigerians abroad to appeal to these nations to do everything possible to return what belongs to Nigeria,” they said.


  1. I wonder of our rulers have stones as hearts,why can't they feel the pains in our hearts, Nigerians are very industrious and can survive anything...Is that why they want to kill us with hunger?

  2. Story. Which one has jagaban returned? These present govt are even more corrupt. They should tell Nigerians how they "spended" last year budget with nothing to show.

  3. Buhari is yet to admit that Abacha looted Nigeria's money.

  4. The US is one of Nigeria biggest enemy, I'm not surprised that those countries where Nigerian stolen money is kept are refusing to release our money.

    They opened the door for our politicians to launder and steal our country's money by giving them a pass that they can come staunch the money in their countries.. They are as corrupt as the Nigerian looters.

    Nigerian looters will never know peace.

  5. Replies
    1. My people this right here is the father of all calls to action. We need to rise together and insist on this return with one voice.
      Before that though, we need a white paper from the government on how these funds will be used. An intention to merely inject recovered loot into our national budget for continous development is not good enough. We need strategic proposals with breakdown of actions/projects in a timelined manner along with intended contractors. The campaign needs be very robust, watertight and willing to be tested.
      A plan should be drawn for return in installments. With evidence of consistent judicious use of returned loot, no government stands a chance of holding on to our monies. Everybody please, tell your sisters, brothers, friends we are waiting. Can the government employ young professionals to make this campaign vibrant and edgy, just so it reaches out to all the relevant people and make desired impact.
      Let me say it again, I stand with Buhari in comparison to other presidential candidates. Alot still needs to be done, but one step at a time.
      This government also needs a platform for people to submit their suggestions on what can be done to tackle other critical aspect of the economy.
      Forgive my epistle.

    2. Yes, indeed. Plus, give out information on the proper channels in use to launch these protests in Europe, UK & North America for the repatriation of said loot. NMTA

  6. So if the stolen funds are not recovered it means this economy will get worse? What is this government doing to generate it's own funds that will not be stolen. Why is the welfare of the economy so freakingly dependent on what is yet to be recovered which will not even be possible in this tenure? Or the next tenure.

    All we hear & see is the statistics of stolen funds. This finger pointing upandan is now so useless. Are they a congused lot? No innovations, no ideas etc, nothing new to build & get the masses out of this hardship. Yes they've been looting the milk & honey since 1960, but other heads have tried for Naija not to go belly up. Wetin be the plan of this Malam & the cabal sef???? Which other plan dey, apart from accusations and counter-accusations?

  7. Start by lending your voice to bubu to return the 12 suitcases filled with foreign currencies that disappeared under his watch. Am I forgetting about Mr Jagaban who appoints you in every single position you have held and still hold as a politician, how much has he returned? Hypocrites.


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