Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will consider granting looters amnesty if they return stolen funds.
Atiku said this on Wednesday at The Candidates, a live television town-hall meeting for presidential and vice presidential candidates in the upcoming 2019 general elections.
The former vice president told the anchor, Kadaria Ahmed, that the idea is worth considering its success in Turkey.
He added that the returned loot would be reinvested in critical sectors of the economy.
Atiku said: “Why not? It worked for Turkey. Turkey gave an amnesty and all the money abroad came back. The government said that if you bring the money, there is not even taxation. We want you to invest in manufacturing, technology and real estate.
“Look at Turkey today. It’s like any other European countries in terms of development. They drew a line. Why not, we can consider it.”
He also said there was a need for a review of the laws and the working relationship between the three arms of government, especially on the war against corruption.
According to him, a government cannot continue to prosecute individuals, who have shown their willingness to return stolen money to the country’s coffers.
“I believe there will be need for dialogue between the various branches of government. We are at a crisis point in this country in the issue of fight against corruption. We can’t afford delay.
“Before we review our procedures and laws, I think there is need we do something immediately. Then, I believe everybody will understand if you really intend to fight corruption.
“There was a recovery panel set up by President Obasanjo under my chairmanship, the attorney general and the national security adviser. By calling various people who have been alleged to have stolen money, we recovered over $4 billion which we paid back into the treasury.
“If you are to prosecute these people, up till now, you will still be prosecuting them,” Atiku said.