A renowned traditional ruler in the state of Imo, His Imperial Majesty, Eze Thomos Obiefule, has advised the federal government to channel the $23 million returned looted Abacha funds to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to help end the endless strike in the state of Imo. country to solve.
The National President, the Association of Royal Traditional Rulers of Nigeria said: Stand online in Owerri on Thursday that the action would greatly help settle and resolve ASSU’s ongoing strike.
According to him, the strike has already lasted a solid six months, adding that the earlier federal government is going back to the roundtable for dialogue to find the amicable solution, the better for both the students and the country.
The monarch who is also the main ruler of Umudioka Ancient Kingdom in the Orlu Autonomous Community of Imo State expressed regret at the whereabouts of part of the looted fund that had previously returned to the country.
He said Nigerians have received the looted funds in the past but do not know where the money is currently.
According to him, about $600 million in looted funds have been returned to the country, while $200 million is still outstanding.
The traditional ruler noted that Nigerians have so far been told that between then and now the $200 million will be returned to Nigeria.
“All that money, I don’t know where they are, both the $100 million, $200 million, $300 million and the $400 million that our country has already received. I don’t know where they are and no one has explained to us where the money is.”
He pointed out that the National Association of Royal Traditional Rulers of Nigeria has previously submitted their position on the matter to Mr President to engage in dialogue with ASSU if necessary to end the standoff.
On insecurity, the monarch said it concerns the six geopolitical zones of the country, not just the South/South zone.
Eze Obiefule noted that it is completely wrong of Mr. President to say that the leaders of the Southeast Zone are aware of the insecurity in their domain.
Although the main cause of insecurity is attributed to the unemployment of young people, she points out that no particular area of insecurity should be covered.
He said that the traditional rulers in the country have done their best and contributed greatly to the development of the country.
The monarch said traditional rulers should be counted first among other things because of their active role which he believes has continued to have a positive impact on the life of the country.