President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that the process of recovering fund stolen from Nigeria has “become tedious.”
The President stated this in Abuja on Thursday, May 5, while receiving the executive secretary of United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov.
He urged the UN agency to facilitate the faster recovery of Nigeria’s stolen wealth stashed abroad, as Nigerians are running out of patience.
“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,” the President said,
“It is taking very long and Nigerians are becoming impatient.”
Buhari told Fedotov of his of the frantic efforts his administration has made to correct 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,” he said.
“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 also assured of his government’s willingness to work with the UN agency to rehabilitate young Nigerians who have been misled into consumption of illicit drugs and drug trafficking.