Looted funds: President urged to ensure confiscation

Nigerian President Muhammudu Buhari has been urged to ensure the confiscation of looted money and assets from all corrupt public servants who were found guilty.

Elder statesman and former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule, gave the advice at the official commissioning of an anti-corruption postage stamp in Kano state, north western Nigeria.

He said the search for corrupt people, recovery of stolen funds and seizure of assets that are proceeds of corruption, should not only be targeted at government institutions and its workers alone, but across the private and social fabrics of the nation.

Corruption is found everywhere because not only financial people tend to engage in corrupt practices. Government should confiscate all looted money and assets from whoever steals it, afterwards he let them go,stressed Maitama.

Maitama also called on the President to sustain the on-going crusade against corruption in the country.

Fighting corruption is not an easy task but it is a necessary evil that must be fought and sustained for the nation to move forward, re-emphasized the ex-UN ambassador.

He said the launching of the postage stamp will create more global awareness about President Buhari’s campaign against corruption.

As the stamp moves around the globe, international communities will know and appreciate the effort of present administration towards fighting corruption in the country, stated Dr.Maitama.

The governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in his remark said the fight against corruption was indispensible as no society could develop without fighting corruption among its citizenry.

Because of the ongoing fight against corruption embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian’s image abroad has tremendously improved. We have all witnessed the discoveries of trillions of naira by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since the assumption of Buhari-led government, said the governor.

The governor said Kano state government had introduced various measures of fighting corruption in the state, pointing out that government had given the state owned Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission total autonomy to discharge its duty effectively.

The Post Master General of the Federation, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi said the launching of the postage stamp in Kano, was to further drive the anti-corruption fight to a higher height as its usage on a daily basis cuts across all strata.

We are of the firm belief that the stamps will be effective as an instrument for creative mental symbolism and a means to further mobilize popular consciousness in support of the anti corruption war, explained Adegbuyi.

The event was organized by the Nigeria Postal Service, NIPOST, in collaboration with anti corruption agencies in Kano State; the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC; Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC and Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission of Kano state, PCACC.

Source: Voice of Nigeria