The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said the federal government is working on an Executive Order, which will tackle fraud and money laundering.
The Nigerian newspaper report that Garba Shehu declared this while appearing on Sunday Politics, a program of Channels Television. He described the 77 suspects on the FBI list published last week, as a disgrace to the country.
“This is double damage for all citizens of Nigeria. It is a great scare for all of us who leave this country and are seen in this image that these our brothers have created.
“We will cooperate with international organizations, the government will generate and request new laws of the National Assembly, and there will be new executive orders that will block some of these gaps that are being exploited by some of our compatriots to go out and shame and blacklist the country,” said Shehu.
On the specific reaction of the federal government on the FBI list, he said: “As I said before, this administration will work with all the nations of the world to fight crime if Nigerians are involved in this, good luck to them.
“The president will not stand in the way of the justice system. Every citizen traveling outside this country is expected to obey the laws of their host country. President Muhammadu Buhari cannot excuse Nigerians from the laws of the countries in which they reside.
“Therefore, he will expect a more vigorous commitment to the National Assembly. The laws will have to change, and this must be addressed and, if you take executive orders, it will be strengthened very quickly.”
When asked if there is direct communication between Nigeria and the US government about the incident, the presidential media adviser said: “Yes, the diaspora commission is there, and the Nigerian government has taken a stand on this matter, it is total cooperation. “
“I think that every person with a minimum of common sense knows that the action of a few Nigerians is not the action of all Nigerians. We are more than 200 million in the country and are talking about 80 Nigerians in this case, they will face the justice system, if the Nigerian government is expected to cooperate anyway, extradition, if it meets the requirement of our laws, what they will receive assistance to ensure that they face justice in that country.
“Nigerians are hardworking people around the world, and there are millions of our citizens who make a legitimate living, they don’t deserve to be so fogged.”