Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, has told Nigerians to focus on effective utilization on repatriated loots of late dictator, Sani Abacha and not his reference of the loots as assets.
The Minister in a statement issued on Wednesday by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said his choice of words were deliberate and faulted the backlash that trailed it.
“Beyond the issues of verbal dexterity and vocal acrobatics, Nigerians should focus more on effective utilisation of the recovered looted funds in accordance with the content of the signed tripartite agreement in the interest of the Nigerian public.
“It may interest the general public to note that there is a unit called Assets Recovery and Management Unit (ARMU) at the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“The use of the word “assets” in relation to the post-recovery of looted assets is to qualify same as Federal Government assets.
“It is palpable that news about successful return of the looted assets have brought nightmares to nay-sayers and pessimists who wanted to frustrate the repatriation process through campaign of calumny. Hence resorting to rhetoric instead of burying the heads in shame” the statement reads in part.