The senator representing the Jos South/Jos East federal constituency, Dachung Bagos, on Wednesday warned the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Ret.) to ensure proper execution of the recovered 23 million Abacha loot stolen by the U.S. government has been returned.

He warned the presidency to ensure that the recovered funds are not diverted to elections and election campaigns, as they were in 2018.

The senator made the statement when he appeared on Politics Today, a program on Channels TV.

He said: “These funds are critical and we want Nigerians to be aware of the situation as we do not want the funds to be funneled into elections at the last minute from the government.

“In 2018, it was during the election period that the N5,000 social intervention program was started and it was through Abacha’s loot.

“They have said it is for infrastructure projects, but let it not be that funds are paid, but projects are not completed. He added.

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The senator also denounced the presidency for failing to join the legislative arm in proceedings to recover the 23 million Abacha loot returned by the US government, in violation of Section 12(1) of the Constitution.

“I can tell you that no one, including the leadership of the National Assembly, was included in the signing of this agreement. We sat down and heard like any other Nigerian that the director has recovered the loot and allocated the same amount to various projects they wish.

“According to Section 12(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, any agreement or treaty signed by the Federation on behalf of Nigeria must be corrected by the National Assembly. Most of the agreements have not been brought to the national assembly to correct and it is dangerous.”

He also pointed the fingers of blame at the executive for failing to consider the immediate needs of Nigerians before allocating the returned funds to projects, noting that the top priority should be given to the strike of the ASUU and ensuring that students would return to classes.

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