The Federal Government has reached out to the U.S. government to step up its assistance in ensuring that corrupt officials don’t get a safe haven abroad for their loot.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who made this call on Monday during the visit of a U.S. Congressional Delegation to the Presidential Villa, said both countries are working on a prompt repatriation of the funds.
The vice president, who was appreciative of the support given by the U.S. so far, said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration regards “corruption is an existential threat’’ that must be dealt with at its root.
Professor Osinbajo commended the efforts of the US government in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in North-East Nigeria. He also thanked the U.S. government for its recent decision to sell Super Tucano aircrafts to Nigeria to aid its fight against insurgency in the North-east.
He however spoke on the need to rescue the remaining Chibok girls still in the custody of the Boko Haram. The vice president indicated the government’s intention to continue to negotiate for the release of the girls, like it did for the release of others freed by the terror group.
A U.S. Senator, Christopher Coons, who led the delegation, said the visit was to reaffirm the relationship between Nigeria and the United States, noting that the U.S. has “an enduring enthusiasm and partnership with Nigeria.’’