Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has noted that people who have stolen money or looted assets do not have a hiding place under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
This Owasanoye said while presenting his paper at a one-day conference on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy under President Muhammadu Buhari Administration (2015-2019) held at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos on Thursday.
The paper was entitled “War Against Corruption and Nigeria’s Foreign Policy’’
“President Muhammadu Buhari administration is not a safe haven for anybody that has stolen money and anybody fighting corruption cannot have friends,” he said.
Owasanoye declared that the President’s commitment to fighting corruption was so clear that no one could doubt that his administration was against corruption.
“His administration exposed many Illicit Financial Flows(IFF) going on in the country and as well exposed some government officials who looted funds and kept it in unknown bank accounts or kept in foreign banks.
“Today, corruption is a major threat to the corporate existence of Nigeria as it undermines public institutions, destroys investment climate, subverts the rule of law, perpetuates human rights abuses, allowed crimes, among others.
“Now, discussion at the international level without reference to War Against Corruption cannot be complete without referencing PMB efforts,” the presidential aide said.
According to him, the president influence was directed towards changing global orientations about Nigeria.
“His efforts to stop corruption have increased bilateral, regional and international partnership under the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and World Bank on issues of asset tracing, recovery and return.
“Also consistent in exploring relevant platforms in international and regional gathering to emphasize the need to fight IFF, encourage asset return and increase punishment for corruption,” Owasanoye said.
Owasanoye said that PMB administration would continue to fight corruption as anything that undermined national security, political stability, and the growth of the country should be fought to a standstill.
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