Ikoyi House Loot: Bishop Kukah Reprimand EFCC Over Recovered Billions
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has reproached the Economic Financial Crims Commission (EFCC) – Nigeria’s anti-graft agency for its inability to identify owners of almost $50 billion discovered at a Lagos apartment a few weeks ago.
According to a report by Vanguard, Bishop Kukah confessed that he felt demoralised and very humiliated as a Nigerian, adding that if he were a foreigner, his respect for Nigeria would vanish.
He urges agencies concerned to be less dramatic and effective in disclosing such sensitive information to Nigerians.
In his speech at the national anti-money laundering/counter-financing of terrorism sensitization seminar organised by the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA, in Kaduna, the fiery clergy said:
“I feel more demoralised and very humiliated as a Nigerian but the confusion is that we are dealing with monies that are of the size of the 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, if I were a foreigner, my respect for Nigeria will dwindle seriously.
“Even me as a Nigerian, I feel quite violated and I don’t really know if all this theatre is the best way to go.
“I think 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.”
Speaking also on terrorism in Nigeria, Bishop Kukah said Nigerians must come together and protect human lives, irrespective of victims tribe.
Remarks from the Deputy Director General of the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA, Brian Sapati pointed out what the expectation of the organization was.
He said that the seminar was 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.
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According to Mr Sapati, “If we must rid society of these wrongdoings, then we must continue to stand as the shining light and examples which we are.”
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai was represented by the state permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance, Idris Iyang who expressed concern over the level of hate speeches buzzing the entire state.
He encouraged religious leaders to tread paths that would foster peace and unity in the state.