Itse Sagay

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has said that countries like Switzerland, United State, and the United Kingdom cooperated with the Nigerian government in the recovery of looted assets.

Speaking with journalists at the Committee’s interaction with the media and civil society organisations in Lagos on Tuesday, Mr. Sagay declined to state how much of the assets have been recovered.

“Switzerland has cooperated very effectively, United States of America has done so, and the UK has also done so,” said Mr. Sagay.
He said there was a tendency for Nigerians not to realise that they too are victims of corruption.

“We are, in fact, putting final touch to a national anti-corruption plan which will show everybody once there’s corruption, there is a portion of our resources being taken away by someone somewhere illegitimately, so whatever is left is less for the rest of us to enjoy.

“We need to relate what’s happening to us to corruption, the bad roads that lead to accidents in which close relations, the poor hospitals that are ill equipped in which our mothers and sisters die during childbirth, the poor schools that are not well funded, producing semi-literates who cannot cope with the demands of a modern technologial world. We need to relate all that is happening in terms of looting to what we are aexperiencing individually as Nigerians.”

Mr. Sagay further said the national action plan would be implemented “early next year”.
“We are going to invite Nigerians to take control of it, to be part of it,” he said.

“Governments come and go, Nigerians are there forever. I don’t want Nigerians to look at it a government programme, it is a people’s programme, and it is the only way we can rescue ourselves from the clutches of thwse leeches who have destroyed our collective patrimony.”

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