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FBI LIST: Executive Oder on the way to tackle fraud, says Garba Shehu

“The president will not stand in the way of the justice system. Every citizen that travels out of this country is expected to obey the laws of their host country. President Muhammadu Buhari is not one to excuse Nigerians from the laws of countries in which they reside.

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Federal government said President Mohammadu Buhari is working on an Executive Order to tackle fraudulent activities in the country.

In a statement through its senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu while on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television, described the 77 suspects on FBI list as an embarrassment to the country.

Shehu said noted that it would be unfair to paint every Nigerian with the same brush, argued that the US list is damaging to good reputation.

“This is a double damage on every citizen of Nigeria. It is a big scare on all of us who go out of this country and are seen in this image that these our brothers have created,” he said.

“We will cooperate with international organizations, the government will generate and ask for new laws from the National Assembly and there will be new executive orders that will block some of these loopholes that are being exploited by some of our fellow country men to go out there and embarrass and blacklist the country.”

On the specific reaction of the federal government on the burst of the FBI, he said: “Like I said earlier, this administration will work with all nations around the globe to fight criminality. If Nigerians are involved in this thing, well hard luck to them.

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“The president will not stand in the way of the justice system. Every citizen that travels out of this country is expected to obey the laws of their host country. President Muhammadu Buhari is not one to excuse Nigerians from the laws of countries in which they reside.

“Therefore you will expect a more vigorous engagement with National Assembly. The laws will have to change, this has got to be tackled and if it will take executive orders, this will be strengthened very rapidly.”

The spokesperson to the President confirmed that the government is liaissing with the American government through the diaspora commission.

“Yes, the diaspora commission is there and the Nigerian Government has taken position on this matter, it is cooperation all the way. Garba responded when asked if there is an indirect communication with US government on the matter.

“I think every person with a modicum of common sense knows that the action of few Nigerians is not the action of all Nigerians. We are 200 million plus in the country and you are talking about 80 Nigerians in this case, they will face the justice system, if the Nigerian Government is expected to cooperate in anyway, extradition, if it meets the requirement of our laws, they will be assisted to ensure they face justice in that country.

“Nigerians are hardworking people all over the world, there are millions of our citizens out there earning legitimate living, they don’t deserve to be so tarnished.”

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