Rawlings wants global action on Nigeria’s loot

Urges west to return Stolen funds

Rawlings said: “The high-level London conference on
corruption offers an opportunity not only for countries in
Africa and the developing world to revise and enhance their
strategies for combating corruption, but also for developed
countries whose banks have served as a safe haven for
stolen wealth from Africa and elsewhere to repatriate those
“I also implore the international community to join the
chorus for the return of the loot, especially to a country like
Nigeria while she enjoys the leadership of a proven man of
He took a swipe at the developed countries who organise
anti-corruption workshops with no concrete action to
address issues that concern them.“Let us stop this support
and mere conference of words and follow up with serious
deeds. The commitment to corruption should work both
ways. Developed countries cannot continue to harbour
illegally-acquired funds from Africa and expect the latter to
successfully stem the source of corruption.
“If we could transmit the integrity from our culture and
various languages into the Western language and behaviour
we’ve adopted, we could end up restoring the needed level
of integrity to create a more civilised behaviour. In other
words, we will be restoring integrity and credibility back to
the spoken word.”
“Let me speak about these characters corrupting us and
sending our loot into their economies as part and parcel of
their capitalist programme. When you begin to speak up,
they get nervous. They resent and they don’t like
nationalists, pan- Africanists. When the time comes, they
would sacrifice you and keep your loot.
“Let’s put pressure on those African governments to bring
those stolen monies out. Obama and his friends should give
them sleepless nights just like the way we handled the
Chibok girls’ issue. Let’s go beyond roundtable meetings.
The Commonwealth should be made to serve a better
purpose. This calls for a loud noise.
“From London to Switzerland, they are holding on to these
stolen monies with impunity. More pressure is needed from
all angles. Obama, the whole lot of them should pitch in and
not do what they are doing in South America, in Brazil.
Some of us can see through it.
“When they have leaders with socialist inclinations, they
would want to rout them out of office the way it is
happening over there. No, that is not good enough. We can
see through it. It is a pity.”
Rawlings, who is regarded as an anti-corruption crusader,
also reviewed the level of morality in African society and
prescribed lie detector tests for courtrooms.
His words: “Attaching lie detector tests to courthouses
could go a long way in restoring the culture of truthfulness,
justice and social stability.  Time and money would be
saved adjudicating on the issues.
“If only lie detector machines could be attached to the lying
mouths of some of these so-called professional journalists
and commentators, our society would stay focused and the
lift-off in the society will also become inevitable. Any loss of
lift will not undermine the stability of our society.”
Buhari made the appeal to looters of public funds yesterday
when he received a delegation of residents of the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT) who came to pay him the traditional
Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President added: “Please tell those with plenty of
money which does not belong to them to try and negotiate
and return it in peace, so that both they and us will be in
peace, otherwise we will continue to look for it and they
won’t know any peace.”
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