‘Past administration looted funds for fight against terrorism’ – Malami

The Attorney-Gen­eral of the Feder­ation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, says the present administration has “cleared the mess” of the past government in terms of the fight against terrorism.

Malami disclosed this on Monday, while featuring on a radio programme in Kano.

Speaking on the recovery of looted assets, the AGF said Nigerians have seen proof that the money recovered over the years from foreign countries has helped Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari’s administration fund various projects.

The AGF added that the as­set recovery was made possi­ble due to Buhari’s radical ap­proach to the anti-corruption fight, which he said shows no favouritism, irrespective of status. “The monies recovered from looted assets, especially those that were kept abroad, were used judiciously and are all visible to Nigerians”, he stated. “Some of the projects that were carried out from that money include the Kano-Abu­ja highway, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Second Niger Bridge, which was abandoned many years ago, and other projects like school feeding programmes, the agricultur­al input support, N-Power, and many others”, he added.

“The fight against corrup­tion has recorded tremendous success also. This administra­tion did not even favour even members of its cabinet whenever found guilty. Many peo­ple were convicted on several corruption allegations and nobody intervened to favour or influence the process; this has helped in the recovery of many looted as­sets. And that is what we are using in many of our capital projects. It equally helped in the fight against insecurity, be­cause the past administration has looted a huge amount of money that was meant for the fight against terrorism. But we came and cleared all their mess.

“The time we came, there were over 17 local govern­ment councils in the North-East region that were under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists; there were attacks everywhere in the region. But we were able to recover the 17 local government areas, restore peace, build houses for IDPs and many more”, he stated.

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