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Buhari APC UK supports President's demand for return of stolen funds

Transparency International, a group whose focus is on fighting corruption across the globe, faulted David Cameron's comment.

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President Muhammadu Buhari play Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a joint news conference with Cameroon's President Paul Biya in Abuja, Nigeria, May 4, 2016. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

More reactions have been trailing the comment made by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, describing Nigeria as one of the most corrupt nations in the world.

Transparency International, a group whose focus is on fighting corruption across the globe, faulted the British PM's comment, and called on Britain to make stricter rules that will stop looters from hiding money in the country.

Nigerians also aired their opinion on the matter on various social media platforms, especially on Twitter.

The London chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wasted no time to also condemn Cameron's comment, describing it as rash.

The APC London chapter, in a press release issued by its Press Secretary, Adenike Lucas, also supported President Buhari's call for the release of funds stashed in various British banks.

The party said "At an anti-corruption event in London today, President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that he was not interested in an apology from the Prime Minister who made a comment that Nigeria was “fantastically corrupt” to the Queen yesterday.

"APC UK supports President Buhari’s call for the British PM to facilitate the return of stolen money and assets stashed in the UK.

"We understand that the UK is becoming an environment where looters come to hide / invest their stolen wealth.

"We join President Buhari in demanding for the “establishment of an anti-corruption infrastructure that will trace and return stolen assets to their countries of origin."

The statement also said "The UK must introduce retrospective legislation that would address impunity and help to repatriate funds that were stored up here by corrupt officials and businesses. 

"Over $ 400 billion have been stolen from oil resource; we call for all this monies hidden in offshore accounts be returned back to Nigeria.

"The President is doing a good job in his fight against corruption and the UK government has a responsibility to ensure it does not allow corrupt officials to hide their loots here."

A coalition of civil society groups under the aegis of the Transition Monitoring Group has also called on the western nations to show commitment to the fight against corruption by releasing looted funds deposited in various banks across the globe

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