The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim on the amount looted by late General Sani Abacha.
This was in the aftermath of a statement issued by Buhari that Abacha; a former head of state, “stole close to $1billion”.
But responding in a post on its Twitter handle, SERAP, on Saturday, May 30; the organisation said Abacha looted far more than what Buhari claimed he did.
This was in reference to a Transparency International report which claimed that Abacha supposedly stole between $3 billion and $5 billion in public money.
The statement reads, “In response to a reported statement by President Buhari that former dictator Abacha ‘stole close to $1bn’; we wish to say that Abacha stole far more than $1bn.
“Anti-corruption reports show that Abacha may have stolen between $3bn and $5bn in public money.
“We urge Buhari to:
- clarify this statement
- immediately enforce the judgment by Justice M. Idris ordering his government to publish spending details on recovered assets by governments since 1999
- instruct AGF Malami to properly respond to our FoI request on Abacha loot.”
BREAKING: In response to reported statement by President Buhari that former dictator Abacha 'stole close to $1bn'; we wish to say that Abacha stole far more than $1bn. @anticorruption reports show that Abacha may have stolen between $3bn and $5bn in public money.
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) May 30, 2020
Buhari had made the claim in a recent article he wrote about post-coronavirus and Africa’s manufacturing moment.
The president had revealed that “Nigeria can now move forward with road, rail and power station construction in part; under own resources, thanks to close to a billion dollars of funds stolen from the people of Nigeria under a previous, undemocratic junta in the 1990s that have now been returned to our country from the U.S., U.K., and Switzerland.”
Meanwhile, a former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has said that the controversial “Infectious Diseases Bill” might likely not be passed.
Ekweremadu also stated that the bill, which is currently before the National Assembly was more dangerous than the COVID-19 pandemic that birthed it.
The Enugu West senator explained that many lawmakers are opposed to the bill; due to its numerous inconsistencies with the provisions of the constitution.
Ekweremadu made this disclosure during a radio programme; Political Voices, in Enugu State on Friday, May 29.
“Let me use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that the bill as presently presented will likely not be passed by the National Assembly; a lot of parliamentarians have lined up to oppose it.”