Be less dramatic, Kukah tells EFCC
.By Onuorah Ugwu
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah, on Wednesday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to reveal the owners of the huge amount of money uncovered in some parts of the country.
According to him, revealing the owners of the money will save the country from embarrassment.
He said there was a need for the agency to let Nigerians know how they work, rather than creating a bad image for the country.
The cleric said he was not happy with the developments, saying the amount of money uncovered was the budget of some African countries.
Kukah spoke at the National Anti-money Laundering/Counter-financing of Terrorism Sensitisation Seminar organised by the Inter-governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa in Kaduna on Wednesday.
He 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 budgets 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. If I were a foreigner, my respect for Nigeria will dwindle seriously.
“Even me as a Nigerian I feel quite humiliated and I don’t really know if this theatre is the best way to go. 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 the linens whose owners we don’t know. It’s not helping the fight (against corruption).”
Kukah criticised the political class for being intolerant of opposing views.
He said politicians only appreciate the truth only when they are in the opposition.
On terrorism, the bishop said Nigerians must stand together and protect lives, irrespective of who the victims were.
The cleric said, “Terrorism is not a big enterprise and I think that is where it’s a bit troubling. You have just heard that 12 people lost their lives in Southern Kaduna. Many bombs exploded but only two or three persons were affected so anything that continues to diminish human lives is an assault by our common humanity.
“That was why we must all stand up together for lives, irrespective of whose life it is. But in Nigeria this is not best of times, because we are losing human lives.”
According to him, Nigeria needs religious leaders that speak the truth.
On his part, Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai expressed concern over hate speeches in the state.
The governor, who was represented on the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Finance, Idris Iyang, urged religious leaders to ensure that there is peace in the state.
The Deputy Director-General of GIABA, Brian Sapati, said the organisation expected religious and opinion leaders to work towards peace in the state.