Nigeria has commended Switzerland for its continuous support on stolen assets repatriation and other anti-graft interventions.
Mr Baba Madugu, Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland stated this in Bern at a reception in commemoration of the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary.
“We appreciate Switzerland for demonstrating the will to support Nigeria in the fight against corruption by aiding the repatriation of three hundred and twenty-two million dollars stashed in the country,” Madugu said.
The Envoy who expressed government’s commitment to fighting corruption, appealed for continuous support from the Swiss authorities.
He also spoke on the current security situation in the country saying that activities of Boko Haram insurgents had been reduced to the barest minimum.
“What we have now are pockets of hit and run attacks synonymous with a dying terrorist group.
“This is a clear indication of our commitment and resolve to surmount the challenge.
“However, we need more international support for the group to be wiped out completely considering the threat it poses to Nigeria, it’s neighbors and the world at large,” the envoy stressed.
Meanwhile, a cross section of Nigerians who spoke at the reception advised government on proper utilization of the repatriated funds.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) they unanimously urged government to inform the people on the areas of development the monies were being channeled to.
“We want to see tangible results of projects being executed with the money,’’ Mr Pius Okafor , a member of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in Swiss said.
Similarly, Ms Anne Bako, a researcher said that government should also go after corrupt officials who use fronts to perpetrate crimes.
“Corruption is getting more sophisticated; serving government officials are using fronts as cover-ups to steal public funds.
“Government needs to bring them to justice too, it should not be after they have left office,” Bako stressed.