President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded plans to retrieve government properties from officials who served under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, The Punch reports.
It was reported that apartments, vehicles and generator sets were still in the possession of former officials even after they had vacated office.
President Buhari was said to have set up a committee made up of civil servants and security agencies to retrieve the government assets from former officials who were still holding on to them. This is seen as one of the efforts taken by the president to retrieve resources that belong to the country.
Mallam Garba Shehu, the senior special adviser to the president on media and publicity has confirmed the development. He said the effort to retrieve the assets was not meant to humiliate anyone but to get back what belongs to the country.
“That is precisely the case. Even here at the Presidential Villa, there are cars and other property belonging to the government, which are yet to be returned.
“The property belong to the Nigerian people. We are not trying to humiliate anyone by asking them to return their cars or houses.”
The spokesman did not give the names of the affected officials but expressed optimism in the ability of the committee to recover all government assets.
When quizzed if the states in the country were going through the same challenges, Shehu said he couldn’t speak for the state but said he wouldn’t be surprised if they were facing the same problem. He attributed this to the culture of the past government headed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that had allowed such acts to prevail.
“But change has come. That is why we have to do things differently now. Imagine how much Nigeria will save by retrieving and re-using these government property instead of purchasing new ones for new government officials,” he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti has advised President Buhari to be cautious in his anti-corruption war and also asked him to follow the recommendation of the peace committee.