President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja urged the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to facilitate the faster recovery of Nigeria’s stolen wealth stashed abroad.
Photo: President Buhari receives Mr Yury Fedetov Executive Director of United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Under Secretary, United Nations Office in Vienna in Statehouse on 5th May 2016
President Buhari said that the process of recovering the stolen assets had “become tedious’’ to the consternation of many Nigerians.
He said this while receiving the Executive Secretary of UNODC, Mr Yury Fedotov.
President Buhari with L-R: UNODC Representative in Nigeria Mrs Cristina Albertin, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Executive Director of UNODC Mr Yury Fedetov, Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Chief Regional section Africa & Middle East Chine Ranmy, Sergey Persada and Director General National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Muhammad Abdallah as President Buhari receives in audience Mr Yury Fedetov Executive Director of United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Under Secretary, United Nations Office in Vienna in Statehouse on 5th May ,2016
“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,” the President said.
President Buhari told Mr. Fedotov that his government has worked very hard in the past 11 months to reverse the very negative global perception of Nigeria on 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, ’’ the President said.
President Buhari also promised that his administration will work with the UN agency to rehabilitate young Nigerians who have been misled into consumption of illicit drugs and drug trafficking.
Mr. Fedotov told President Buhari that UNODC has chosen Nigerian as a pilot country for support and strategic cooperation in the fight against drugs and corruption.
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