In early June 2016, Information Minister Lai Mohammed revealed that Nigeria's government had recovered an estimated $9.1 billion in stolen money and assets as a direct result of President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade (between 29th May 2015 and 25th May 2016). According to the Special Adviser to the Information Minister, Segun Adeyemi, among this sum comprised of “monies withheld by past government officials, monies kept in private accounts, monies diverted to private pockets and monies in possession of government officials not disclosed after leaving government” (International Business Times, 04.06.2016).

It is estimated that total of $321 million is yet to be recovered from Nigerians in Switzerland, the US, UK and UAE or their assets held in those countries. On ascending to the presidency, Buhari vowed to recover “mind-boggling” sums of money stolen from the oil sector and lamented that public coffers were “virtually empty” when he entered office (Reuters, 04.06.2016).

While the recovery and repatriation of these funds is being hailed as a major break through for the embattled government, some observers have not received the news with equal support. The Federal Government published a list detailing the funds and assets recovered and those pending both domestically and internationally on 4th June.