Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, (SAN) yesterday said the Government of President Buhari was harbouring corruption contrary to claims of prudence. Falana said there was inherent evil in the proposed $29.9 billion loan that President Muhammadu Buhari seeks to borrow.
Falana stated this while speaking at the 4th Convocation Lecture of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Ile Ife.
Femi Fala further added that only 50 percent of the loan amount will ever arrive Nigeria, while future generations will be straddled with the responsibility of paying the loan.
Femi Falana furthered counseled President Muhammadu Buhari to funnel recovered loots towards Economic recovery and growth.
Mr. Falana also stated that he had written the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, asking the government to recover the looted wealth of the nation and prosecute the culprits, without considering their party affiliation.
“Curiously, the Buhari administration has failed to address capital flight and round tripping by financial institutions, otherwise why has the government been reluctant to ask EFCC to recover and sanction the oil and shipping companies which under declared the crude oil worth billions of dollars shipped from Nigeria, under the Jonathan administration?”
“Why has the Federal Government failed to recover the $20.2 billion withheld from the Federation Account by the NNPC and some oil companies from 1999-2012?”
“Why has the Federal Government not inquired into the allegation that the sum of $25.4 billion was laundered and illegally taken out of Nigeria by a telecommunication company?”
“Why has the government failed to recover the looted wealth of the nation which has been traced to financial institutions in the west and the United Arab Emirates?”
“Why has the CBN failed to recover the $7 billion deposit and N600 billion bailout given to the commercial banks in 2006 and 2008 respectively? Instead of intensifying efforts to recover such huge funds among several others,the government is determined to take a loan of $29.6billion”.
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