Buhari Must Apologise For Saying Abacha Did Not Steal
July. 04, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari’s insinuation that former head of state, Sani Abacha, did not loot the country’s treasury has drawn the ire of human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN.
The well respected lawyer in his reaction to Buhari’s statement on Abacha demanded that the President apolosied to Nigerians.
Falana made the call at a conference organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, in Abuja on Wednesday, July 3.
According to the human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria, it has been established that Abacha stole over $5 billion and about $3.5 billion has been recovered from the loot.
Falana said: “On account of the loot that has been recovered so far by the Federal Government President Buhari ought to publicly apologise to the Nigerian people having denied that the late General Sani Abacha was involved in the criminal diversion of public funds.
“From the foregoing, it is pertinent to note that not less than $3.5 billion had been recovered from the Abacha loot. Much more can still be recovered. But apart from demanding for full account of the Abacha loot we must insist that the investigation of the criminal diversion of looted wealth be extended to cover other indicted public officers.
“During the electioneering campaign last year, President Buhari threatened to probe the $16 billion allegedly spent on generating electricity in the country.
“Last week, I filed an action at the federal high court, Abuja seeking to compel the Buhari administration to recover $40bn and N481bn which a government auditing agency, NEITTI confirmed.”
The chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said the searchlight should be beamed on other past presidents.
He said: “Anybody could have been naïve to the extent of what happened but it is expected of a statesman that after discovering that he misjudged the situation.
“[Buhari] is expected to come to Nigerians to really apologise and reaffirm what is the state of affairs. We need to beam searchlight on other former presidents.”
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