Former President Goodluck Jonathan once said "stealing is not corruption" in the build up to the 2015 presidential election.

It appears the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has no problem with looters too, so far they return the money.

In fact, he said if elected into office, his government would consider amnesty for looters.

He said such a method would be more productive in recovering looted funds.

Such recovered funds, he said, would be invested in the country to create jobs, improve insecurity and grow the economy.

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He spoke on Wednesday during a town hall meeting tagged “The Candidates.”

Atiku featured alongside his running mate, Peter Obi.

The former Vice President said adopting amnesty for looters had been helping in Turkey, adding that such a method is better than for alleged corrupt people joining a ruling party and be shielded from prosecution.

He said, “Why not? I give you an example of Turkey. Turkey gave amnesty and all the money taken abroad were brought back.

“The government said when you bring the money back, you don’t need to pay taxes; invest in manufacturing, technology and real estate.

“And look at Turkey today, it is like any other European country.

“There was a panel set up when we came up (during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo). With that method, we recovered over $4 billion.

“If we are to go into prosecuting these people, we would have been prosecuting them by now and that money would have been denied the country.”

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