Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Mathew Hassan Kukah has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to be less dramatic, but effective in its war against corruption.
Kukah gave this advice at the national anti-money laundering/counter financing of terrorism sensitisation seminar which was organised by the Inter-governmental Action group against Money laundering in West Africa (GIABA) in Kaduna yesterday.
“I think that the agencies concerned should have less dramatic, but effective way of telling us the work they are doing, rather than this endless washing of linen whose owners we don’t know. It’s not helping the fight,” he said.
The cleric said he feels demoralised from the kinds of discoveries of millions of dollars and pounds sterling which were allegedly stolen and stashed away by some Nigerians. “I feel more demoralised and very humiliated as a Nigerian, but the confusion is that we are dealing with monies that are of the sizable of budget of some African states. “I think it’s unthinkable that we are having such money running into billions of naira and we don’t know who owned such monies.
Frankly, like I said, if I were a foreigner, my respect for Nigeria will dwindle seriously. “Even as a Nigerian, I feel quite violated and I don’t really know if all this theatre is the best way to go,” Kukah advised.
He also pointed out that members of the political class in Nigeria appreciate truth only when they are in opposition, but consider it an affront when they get into power. Kukah recalled that politicians, who were hailing him ‘for speaking the truth,’ while they were in the opposition, turned into something else when they got into government.
In his remarks, the Deputy Director General of GIABA, Mr. Brian Sapati, said that the seminar will be a springboard for renewed commitment of all religious and opinion leaders to identifying key roles for raising awareness and shaping the morals of their congregations through the force of morals.
“If we must rid society of these wrongdoings, then we must continue to stand as the shining light and examples which we are; we must resist all the negative influences and help in guiding the path of our followers in building a safe and secure society,” he said.