Democracy Day 2016 will feature a special announcement by Mr President. Looters of public funds in the country must be having the chills right now.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in line with his promise to expose all looters of public funds, will on Sunday May 29, 2016, reveal the names of persons who have voluntarily returned public funds looted by them.
Being his first anniversary in office as President, he will on the occasion also mention the total amount recovered so far from the repentant looters.
Buhari disclosed this yesterday in London during an interview on Channels Television after the just concluded international anti-corruption summit hosted by the British government.
The President said,
“So far, what has come out, what has been recovered, in whatever currency, from which ministry, department and individuals, I intend on the 29th to speak on this because all that Nigerians are getting to know are from the newspapers, radio and television. We want to make a comprehensive report by May 29.”
President Buhari, speaking at the 2015 edition of the annual Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation Lecture in Lagos, had made a promise to reveal the names of former government officials and political appointees who have voluntarily returned looted funds to the coffers of the Federal Government.
He had mentioned then that early disclosure of the identities of the looters “may jeopardize the possibility of bigger recoveries.”
Buhari also said his government owes Nigerians adequate information on recovery of looted funds, explaining that it is part of the collective effort to change the country from the “bastion of corruption it currently is, to a place of probity and transparency.”
Analysts see the President’s fulfilment of his earlier promise as lending credibility to and confidence in the ongoing fight against corruption, and expect that the move to send shivers down the spines of public officials.