One of the foremost Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for saying that the former military dictator, Sani Abacha did not loot Nigeria.
Buhari had said that Abacha did not divert public funds.
Falana said this while speaking at a conference organzied by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) in Abuja on Wednesday.
The lawyer said now that it was established that Abacha stole, it was time for Buhari to tender an unreserved apology.
“On account of the loot that has recovered so far by the federal government President Buhari ought to publicly apologise to the Nigerian people having denied that the late General Sani Abacha was involved in the criminal diversion of public funds,” Falana said.
The Human Rights lawyer said so far, Nigeria has recovered about $3.5 billion out of about $5bn that the former dictator stole.
“From the foregoing, it is pertinent to note that not less than $3.5 billion had been recovered from the Abacha loot. Much more can still be recovered. But apart from demanding for full account of the Abacha loot we must insist that the investigation of the criminal diversion of looted wealth be extended to cover other indicted public officers.
“During the electioneering campaign last year, President Buhari threatened to probe the $16 billion allegedly purpotedly spent on generating electricity in the country.
“Last week, I filed an action at the federal high court, Abuja seeking to compel the Buhari administration to recover $40bn and N481bn which a government auditing agency, NEITTI confirmed,” he said.