John Ameh, Katsina
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed worry over the huge sums of foreign currencies, which he claims, are being circulated in the country ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
A State House statement on Thursday said the President expressed his worries during Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
The statement, which was signed by a presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari “accused some politicians of flouting money laundering regulations in their desperate bid to capture political power.”
The President praised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for tracking the funds “in millions of United States dollars.”
The statement reads, “The EFCC’s success followed the presidential directive to investigative agencies to probe a number of high-profile cases.
“Reassuring the nation of his administration’s determination to wage a relentless war against money laundering and terrorist financing, the President again appealed to Nigerians, especially politicians, to place the interest of the country above all others as they cast their votes in the coming elections.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency on Thursday kicked against the deportation of 723 Nigerians by Ghana since 2018.
The reaction came through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
She assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana, Olufemi Abikoye, was already looking into the matter.
She said, “The story that hundreds of Nigerians are being deported from Ghana is disturbing and worrisome. The good thing is that the Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana is on top of the situation.
“Now, he met with the Comptroller-General of the Immigration in Ghana and they both had a very productive discussion. But here is the situation, if indeed you commit a crime you have to face the penalties. But, what we are saying is that a bad apple should not spoil the bunch.
“Let every case be treated on its merit. That’s what our ambassador is demanding and that’s what Nigeria is asking for.”
The former chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, also said that what the Nigerian Government would not accept was to place a blanket punishment on all Nigerians because a few offended the law of another country.
“It is important that both nations look at this situation, not gloss over it to ensure that our relationships continue to get better and not to retrogress.
“We want to appeal to Nigerians to stay calm, be law-abiding and at the same time, Nigeria will not tolerate indecent treatment of its citizens. One bad apple should not spoil the whole bunch.”