'Obama promised to help recover Nigeria's loot,' Presidency

Adesina also hinted that though the president won't be probing to deep into past administrations, he would definitely be looking into the past administrations to probe corrupt officials found guilty.

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses members of the National Working Committee during the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party at the headquarters of the party in Abuja, Nigeria in this July 3, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has revealed plans by the Federal Government to recover looted funds by past public officers with the help of the U.S government.

In a recent interview with The Vanguard, Adesina disclosed that Buhari had met with the American president during the G7 Summit in Germany and got the assurance of Obama to help recover Nigeria's loot from all over the world.

Let me take you back a little to the issue of allowing the last government officials to travel. Does that mean that he has hands on probity, assuming there was something to probe?

He has said it that money in billions of dollars will be recovered. But you know the world is too small a place for anybody to hide if you are running from justice. The world is too small a place to hide. You will be fished out. So, there is no need that you say they should not be heading for jail if eventually the law goes after them. Very few countries can they hide in and how long will they hide? So, it doesn’t mean that anybody that has ill gotten wealth will not regurgitate it. They will. Remember when he went to Germany for the G7 summit, he met with President Obama and  Obama told him to just give us information on where the loot  is hidden and we will help you recover  it and the government has been working on that. So, that shows that looters will never go free.

Is he going backwards? I mean where is he going to start to probe?

He can’t afford to go too deep into the past or else it  will be destructive for his administration. There are some things you can’t close your eyes to while you don’t want to shine the torchlight into the dark recesses of our past; immediate past where things are evident. The Yoruba  have a saying that the corpse we buried, the leg is sticking out and, if you bury a corpse and the leg is sticking out, you can’t pretend. When there are trails all over of the monies in billions and trillions, then a responsible government can’t close  its eyes to that.


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