Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the UN Meeting to request Assistance in returning Looted Funds

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet with world leaders on Tuesday at the United Nation’s 72nd Session. Top on his agenda is the need to recover the country’s looted funds.

According to a report from Nigerian Tribune, the stolen funds are scattered in different countries.

Image: Muhammadu Buhari

The president is said to be worried that despite strenuous efforts to retrieve monies stashed away various foreign bank accounts in Europe and America in particular, their governments were reluctant assist his administration in repatriating them.

Convincing the leaders is one of the main thrust of his message during his presentation of Nigeria’s national statement at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

President Buharit is also said not be happy that the foreign governments are introducing various technicalities which have caused a slowdown in his effort to recover the monies.

Despite the ongoing anti-corruption war in the country, some governments are said to be demanding for firm guarantees that the monies, if retrieved, would not be re-looted by corrupt officials in the country.

The president is therefore expected to highlight his administration’s efforts and successes at rooting out corruption and stressing the need for all world leaders to heed his call and help facilitate the repatriation of Nigeria’s funds. This, he said, will enable the government to channel them toward actualizing the country’s development needs.

A top government official told Tribune Online in New York that the administration believes foreign governments have no reason to continue retaining looted funds because Buhari has demonstrated his seriousness in tackling endemic corruption since his assumption of office.

President Buhari will also speak to the world leaders on his administration’s effort to meet its flagship objectives of reviving the Nigerian economy and curtailing insecurity.

Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, confirmed to the tabloid on Monday that Buhari would address the issues of stolen funds repatriation, economy and security in his Tuesday’s address to the august body.

A statement he released prior to the departure of the president for the United States had given details of the president’s United Nations’ engagements.

He had said that beyond the national statement, Buhari would join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres who he would later hold a bilateral meeting with.

Buhari will also hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders.

The statement had informed that during the General Assembly, Nigeria would participate in high level meetings on ‘Prevention of s3xual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organised by the African Union under its Theme of the Year: ‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action,’ among others.

At the events, President Buhari and members of his delegation will strive to project Nigeria as a strong moral force and responsible member of the international community.

The statement said Nigeria’s commitment to global peace, security and development would also be reaffirmed and where necessary, the need for increased international cooperation in the fight against corruption.

Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 include strengthening human rights institutions; the rule of law; support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding, and mitigating the effects of Climate Change the statement had said.

The Nigerian delegation will also canvass the support of UN member states for the Buhari Administration’s efforts towards combating illicit financial flows in order to foster sustainable development.

The theme for this year’s Debate is: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”