Dogara appeals to Western nations to return Nigeria`s looted funds
This is contained in a statement issued by Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, in Abuja on Thursday.
The statement stated that the Dogara made the appeal at the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in New York.
Dogara said that western nations had both moral and legal obligation to Nigeria and other African countries to ensure that monies stolen from Africa were repatriated.
“The return of such funds will help create jobs for millions of jobless young men and women and ultimately reduce to the barest minimum the surge of migrants to Europe from Africa,’’ it stated.
The statement further appealed to heads of parliaments from the West to enact legislations that would block the movement of stolen funds from Africa to their countries.
“As presiding officers of the legislature, Speakers of Western parliaments should put pressure on their governments to return such looted funds to Nigeria,’’ the statement stated.
It also quoted Dogara as saying that the international community has to come together to fight terrorism.
“Doing so is the surest way to defeat terrorists because most terrorist organisations have links to each other.’’
The statement further commended the Nigerian military for the success recorded against the insurgents, and urged them to push on until the war was won.
It, however, expressed the commitment of the current administration to end insurgency and other social vices militating against the development of the country.
“Nigeria`s new government is determined to end the six years insurgency, fight corruption and put the country on the pedestal of growth and development.’’