By Sunday James
LEGISREPORTS NG – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on the international community especially Western nations to help return billions of dollars looted from Nigeria.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs Turaki Hassan, on Thursday, said Dogara made the appeal at the close of the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in New York.
The Speaker said Western nations have both moral and legal obligation to Nigeria and other African countries to ensure that monies stolen from Africa are repatriated back.
He said the return of such funds will help create jobs for millions of jobless young men and women and ultimately reduce to the barest minimum the surge of migrants to Europe from Africa.
Dogara further appealed to heads of parliaments from the West to enact legislations that will block the movement of stolen funds from Africa to their home countries.
He said as presiding officers of the legislature, Speakers of Western parliaments should put pressure on their governments to return such looted funds to Nigeria.
The Speaker said the international community has to come together to fight terrorism as according to hin, “no nation is insulated from its scourge.”
Doing so, according to him, is the surest way to defeat terrorists because most terrorist organisations have links to each other.
He commended the Nigerian military for the recent successes recorded against the insurgents and urged them to push on until the war is won.
He said Nigeria`s new government is determined to send the six years insurgency, fight corruption and put the country on the pedastal of growth and development.
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