The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), assured Sunday yesterday that he would prioritize investigations into the circumstances leading to the alleged $20 billion missing from the coffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Buhari said this while receiving a delegation of political stakeholders from Adamawa State, describing the loss as among the worst atrocities of the party on the nation.
Buhari, at the event, also reaffirmed his campaign promise to make the economy, security and corruption as the major agenda of his incoming administration.
The delegation of stakeholders from Adamawa State, led by the Governor-elect, Senator Jibrilla Bindow, comprised Senators-elect, House of Representatives members-elect and other political chieftains from the North-East states.
Noting the response of the outgoing administration to the allegation of the missing $20 billion raised by former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, the president-elect, who spoke in Hausa said: “I heard that some people have started returning money; I will not believe it until I see it by myself.
“Imagine a situation where the former CBN governor, who by God’s grace, is now the Emir of Kano, raised an issue of missing billions of money, not in naira but in dollars, $20 billion.
“What happened, instead of investigating whether it was true, they simply found a reason to remove him. So, these are the issues we are talking about.
“This issue is not over yet. Once we assume office, we will order a fresh probe into the matter. We will not allow people to steal money meant for Nigerians to buy shares and stash away in foreign lands.”