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Corruption ‘Government should grant amnesty to looters,’ Senator says

Akpan, who’s the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, made the comment on Monday, May 23, 2016, while speaking to journalists in his office.

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Senator Bassey Akpan has urged the Nigerian government to grant amnesty to looters of public funds to encourage them to return such funds.

Akpan, who’s the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, made the comment on Monday, May 23, 2016, while speaking to journalists in his office, Punch reports.

“The time has come when we have to think outside the box and my own position is this, it is possible that the government can declare amnesty on stolen money. Let every Nigerian that has taken money out of this country be given amnesty to bring back the money and invest in the country,” he said.

“We have hundreds of billions of dollars stashed outside the country in the international banks which are being used to drive their economy. Other countries are enjoying this money while we are suffering in Nigeria.

“When owners of the Nigeria’s stolen foreign currencies bring them back to the country as a result of the amnesty, a lot of foreign exchange can be generated to fund our local consumption and we can set target.

“Why are we suffering in the midst of plenty? Amnesty was created for militancy, we should create amnesty for anybody that has taken money outside this country so that they can invest them in the country. We can generate a hundred billion dollar in the process in less than six months.

“We need enough forex to fund our importation, rebuild our industries, establish capacity locally and import raw materials for industries before thinking of exporting finished products.

“One thing is to fight corruption another thing is to let your battle as a fighter of corruption yield the appropriate results. That is why I believe very strongly that, since some countries had also done it in the past, Nigeria also needs to grant amnesty to those who are in possession of our money that we need to develop,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that world needs to unite to bring an end to corruption.

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