5 June 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has defended the Federal Government’s decision to withhold the names of persons who have returned their alleged loots into government coffers.
Adesina stated that the decision was made to guard against legal issues.
He said: “Do you go releasing the names of people from whom those funds were recovered but they are still interim forfeiture.
“What if at the end of the day the court decides that those people are not guilty and that the money should be returned? Then you will have legal cases on your hands and that will constitute a distraction to the government.
“I think it is better to err on the side of caution and that was why eventually the President agreed with those who said the names should be withheld”.
Mr. Femi Adesina expressed confidence in the honesty and integrity of the current administration, and praised the wise decision made by the President.
He further stressed that listing those names might hinder remittance by persons who had intentions of returning the funds.
“At the end of the day, we will lose money that would have been recoverable for the country but because the government has been precipitate in mentioning names, those funds will not be returned to the coffers again”.