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Nigerians stash over $200bn loot in Dubai – Shehu Sani



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Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Zone, in the National Assembly on the platform of  the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed that over US$200 billion  were being stashed away in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai by corrupt Nigerians.

Senator Sani, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts,  Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs,said these monies were carted away in Dubai alone in the name of estates acquisition, purchase of exotic houses and business partnership in the last 16 years.
The lawmaker made this revelation yesterday when APC women group from his Tudun Wada ward 6 under the umbrella of Alheri Allah Maigashi Movement (Grace of God) paid him a solidarity visit over his purported suspension from Kaduna State APC.
He pointed out that those corrupt Nigerians also used names of their cronies, family members and friends to siphon public funds out of Nigeria, adding that some APC members who had their political upbringing in  the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might have soiled their hands in the corruption pot.
He said sooner than later those who are parading themselves as Buhari’s friends, but are corrupt, will be interrogated, because according to him the President does not know friend or relation as far as the fight against corruption is concerned
He noted that President Buhari’s recent visit to Dubai was in good direction as Nigeria had entered into agreement with the government of Dubai to help in recovering such looted monies.
Senator Sani, who is a first timer at the Senate, argued that there are two categories of enemy in the country working against President Buhari over anti-corruption war.
Though the lawmaker was short of mentioning names of the alleged enemies, he described the open enemies as those who are openly fighting President Buhari from succeeding in wiping away corruption in Nigeria.
But he said the hidden ones are those who are supporting Buhari by mere words of the mouth, but they are anti-Buhari in their hearts, and they are the most dangerous ones.
He however, warned President Buhari to steer clear of hypocrites, saying that it is better to live with an enemy than hypocrite because hypocrite derives joy from stabbing one’s back.
He said, “Over 200 billion US Dollars are stashed away from Nigeria to Dubai alone.  And there are two categories of enemy against President Muhammadu  Buhari’s government to recover looted money in Dubai, America, United Kingdom, etc, and there are hidden enemies, and there are those who are open.
“The open ones are those who are openly fighting Buhari,  the hidden ones are the ones who are for Buhari by mere words of the mouth, and anti-Buhari in their hearts, and they are the most dangerous ones.
“An enemy is a lesser danger than a hypocrite, it is better to live with your enemy than to live with a hypocrite who will stab you at the back.
“I am saying this, and I am using this opportunity as the chairman, Senate Committee on foreign and domestic debts, and Vice Chairman, Senate committee on foreign affairs to call on all nations that Nigeria has diplomatic relationship, to help us return our money stolen and hidden in their countries.
“Our President was in  Dubai to recover Nigeria’s  looted funds, therefore we must support him.
“President Buhari needs the support of all Nigerians to wipe out corruption from the country. The President is on rescue mission. He needs our support.
“We cannot sit down idly and watch people sabotaged Buhari, and I can tell you that since Buhari went to Dubai, there were three attempts to sabotage Buhari’s government.
“The first one was that they planted a story in newspapers that there was crisis in Buhari’s government because he went to Dubai;
“The second one was that they planted fake lists of Nigerians that have property in Dubai, while we were waiting for the original list of those who have houses in Dubai. And the third one was to sponsor foreign media to discredit Buhari’s economic policies”.