President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pleaded with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to help in fast tracking the recovery of Nigeria’s stolen wealth hidden overseas.
A statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president made the appeal when he received the executive secretary of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, at the State House, Abuja.
PM News reports that President Buhari said the process of recovering the stolen assets had “become tedious’’ and that Nigerians are becoming impatient.
“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.
“It is taking very long and Nigerians are becoming impatient,” he said.
Buhari said his government has worked very hard in the past 11 months to turn around the perception of the country as a haven for corruption.
“Our genuine efforts to deal with corruption and drugs have earned us international respect and this has encouraged us to do more.
“We know that by fighting the scourge of drugs and corruption and rebuilding trustworthiness, integrity, good business practices, and imposing discipline on youths to avoid drugs, we are not doing a favour to the international community, we are doing a favour to ourselves,” he added.
Buhari also told Fedotov that his government is doing everything to curtail the use of illicit drugs among young people.
In his remarks, Fedotov said that UNODC had chosen Nigerian as a pilot country for support and strategic cooperation in the fight against drugs and corruption.