Reports have confirmed that Swizz Government will be in Nigeria on Tuesday to meet with some Nigerian heads over the repatriation of yet another huge amount of stolen public funds by late former head of state, Sanni Abacha.
The Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, is expected to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, over the stolen $321million confiscated from the family of late former head of state.
Premium Times reports that an official of the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria, Pascal Holliger, confirmed the visit on Monday saying:
Yes, our foreign Minister is on his way to Nigeria on Tuesday. He is coming on a working visit to Nigeria. During the visit, he would open the Consular General’s office in Lagos and meet with the Vice President of Nigeria and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss the issue of the repatriation of the second tranche of the Abacha loot.
However, petition has been sent to President Buhari over the stoplen funds by some Swiss and Nigerian civil society groups, who got wind of the impending visit,. The petition asked that the government gives Nigerians the assurance that upon being given back the stolen 321million, must not be reported missing just as the funds returned by the government of Liechtenstein in 2014, stating categorically that it must be put to good use for the nation.
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and her foreign affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister justice, Abubakar Malami, World Bank Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, and the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs Office for International Public Law (DDIP) in Berne, Switzerland, were sent copies of the petition titled “Restitution of Abacha funds: Swiss and Nigerian NGOs demand guarantees.”
The petition reads thus:
Swiss and Nigerian NGOs demand that the authorities of these two countries, together with the World Bank, take all measures necessary to guarantee that these funds be returned in a manner that is transparent and benefits the general population of the country, the people that were initially cheated out of their money.