President Muhammadu Buhari did not release
details of looted asset, recovered from corrupt persons, due to “legal reasons”, an official has
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed,
disclosed this on Sunday evening, hours after Mr.
Buhari’s Democracy Day broadcast.
“Yes, he initially said so (that he’ll give specific
details about recovered loot), but he was advised
against doing so for legal reasons,” the Cable
Newspapers quoted Mr. Mohammed as saying
during an interview on Channels Television.
Mr. Buhari had on May 14 in London promised to
provide specific details of stolen asset by former
“So far, what has come out, what has been
recovered in whatever currency from each
ministries, departments and individuals, I intend
on the 29th to speak on this because all Nigerians
are getting from the mass media because of the
number of people arrested either by the EFCC,
DSS. But we want to make a comprehensive
report on the 29th,” Mr. Buhari had said.
But during his nation-wide address on Sunday
morning, the President failed to make the details
public. Instead, he said, the Information Ministry
would soon release relevant details.
The development immediately drew the ire of
Nigerians, who became outraged that their leader
has once again failed to live up to his words.
But Mr. Mohammed said his principal has the
right to reverse himself.
“Of course, he has a right to reverse himself on
that,” he said.
Mr. Mohammed, however, said the administration
will publish some details of recovered loot, but a
far cry from what the president initially promised.
“We will get the list but not today; before the end
of the week. But I must say not with the names,”