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Buhari Urges International Community to Hasten Recovery of Stolen Assets Stashed Abroad




PMB & Yury Fedotov

President Buhari and YuryFedotov, Executive Director United Nation’s Office for Drug and Crime. Credit:

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to facilitate the faster recovery of Nigeria’s stolen wealth stashed abroad.

A statement issued by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the president made the call when he received the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari said that the process of recovering the stolen assets had “become tedious” to the consternation of many Nigerians.

“We are looking for more cooperation from the EU, United States, other countries and international institutions to recover the nation’s stolen assets, particularly proceeds from the stolen crude oil. It is taking very long and Nigerians are becoming impatient,” he said.

According to president Buhari, his government has worked very hard in the past 11 months to reverse the very negative global perception of Nigeria on corruption.

“Our genuine efforts to deal with corruption and drugs have earned us international respect and this has encouraged us to do more. We know that by fighting the scourge of drugs and corruption and rebuilding trustworthiness, integrity, good business practices, and imposing discipline on youths to avoid drugs, we are not doing a favour to the international community, we are doing a favour to ourselves,” he added.

The president also promised that his administration would work with the UN agency to rehabilitate young Nigerians who had been misled into consumption of illicit drugs and drug trafficking.

In his remarks, Fedotov said that UNODC had chosen Nigerian as a pilot country for support and strategic cooperation in the fight against drugs and corruption.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. keke driver

    May 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

    All the Billions of dollars recovered nko?


      May 6, 2016 at 11:55 am

      E don enter voicemail!

    • Hmm hmm

      May 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      That’s what they are asking for in haste. They’ve discovered the money, now they are asking for the foreign countries to expedite the recovery of the funds discovered

  2. adelegirl

    May 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Dear NAN, Mr Fedotov is the Executive Director of UNODC not Executive Secretary

  3. j'suis belle

    May 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    why so that they can share amongst themselves again?

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