Industrial Global Union in sub-Sahara Africa has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the United Kingdom government to return Nigeria’s looted funds kept in that country.
The union condemned the statement credited to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, in which he described Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt country.”
Chairman of the union, Comrade Issa Aremu in a press statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said, “If Britain is genuinely committed to anti-corruption, the acid test for David Cameron is to meet the aspirations of all Nigerians as demanded by President Buhari and return all looted Nigeria’s funds kept in UK.
“President Buhari’s demand is legitimate. Corruption is scar on global conscience assuming there is any left.
“Labour supports President Buhari’s demand today in London that Britain should return assets stolen by corrupt officials from Nigeria rather than diverting attention from the fact that UK is a haven for stolen funds.
“Tuesday’s embarrassing statement credited to the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron describing Nigeria as a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country was not only provocatively patronising but amounted to a corruption of anti-corruption discourse by world statesman who should have known better.
“It is Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammed Buhari that commendably unearthed serial looted funds running into trillions of naira. It is also Nigeria that has also commendably commenced serial trails of some of the suspects, notably ones also linked to London. Certainly, for the 200 million Nigerians, nothing was ‘fantastic’ about these revealed loots but a lot about this wholesale rape of a country is tragic and criminal, as it has undermined national development.
“We agree with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the opportunity cost of corruption is even more examining for Nigeria and her friends, including UK. Using World Bank’s rates and costs, we are told that one-third of the stolen sum of more than N1.4 trillion by 55 Nigerians, many of whom are linked to UK, could have provided 640km of roads,” Aremu stated.

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