U.S ready to repatriate stolen funds to Nigeria
The U.S government has expressed interest in assisting Nigeria to repatriate its fund stashed abroad by corrupt citizens. The U.S Special Representative to Muslim communities, Shaarik Zafar, said that the U.S government was committed to assisting in fast tracking the process of bringing the stolen money back.
‘‘Before the stolen money could be brought back to Nigeria, certain legal procedures needed to be followed and that is what the U.S government is facilitating currently,’’ Zafar said.
While addressing newsmen in Kano at an inaugural workshop on anti-corruption tool for religious leaders, Zafar said that the current anti-graft war in Nigeria would succeed.
According to him, the U.S government was committed to assisting Nigeria in fighting corruption.
He explained that if corruption could be effectively tackled, Nigeria would witness Socio-economic growth and development.
“Nigeria’s success is America’s success, hence our decision to work with the government, civil Society organisations and religious groups to fight corruption,”he said.
Zafar noted that the workshop would address how religious communities could work together to combat corruption, promote accountability and encourage transparency.
‘‘I have a global mandate. So, I will encourage a continued focus by religious leaders on the critical challenge of combating corruption. This is not only because of their moral voice. Critically, religious leaders speak a common language with their communities. They also have incomparable access, unique networks and level of respect that can help in this common battle against corruption and to promote accountability,’’ Zafar explained.
Zafar would pay a courtesy visit to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II during his stay in Kano.
The envoy is also expected to meet with religious and community leaders .
The workshop was organised by Zafar’s office under the U.S Department of State.