President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday called on nations where looted assets have been stashed to release them without the usual long technicalities involved in the process of repatriation, Daily Post reports.
The President’s Special Adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari made the call in Nouakchott, Mauritania during his introductory remarks as the leader of the African Union. He said,
“We must all collectively work to place high on the agenda the need for open and participatory government, as well as the repatriation of stolen assets without procedural technicalities and legal obstacles.”
Buhari also pledged to extend his anti-corruption crusade across the African continent as part of deliberate efforts to sensitize Africans on the evil effects of corruption on societies. He revealed that he had embarked on various programmes meant to enhance the fight against corruption in a bid to transform the continent.
“During the last six months, we have engaged in multi-sectoral dialogue with a broad range of actors including parliamentarians, national anti-corruption agencies, civil society, media, youth and women groups and development partners. We have convened three (3) different regional Consultative Workshops in line with my campaign programme in an effort to sensitize our people on the evil effects of corruption on our societies. These workshops will be extended to other regional blocs as we continue the fight against corruption in a bid to transform our continent.”