by Dolapo Adelana
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah on Wednesday advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop its theatrics over recovered funds and disclose to Nigerians owners of the monies.
Kukah made the disclosure in Kaduna on Wednesday at a national anti-money laundering/counter financing of terrorism sensitization seminar by the Inter-governmental Action group against Money laundering in West Africa (GIABA).
He said it was both demoralising and humiliating that the owners of such monies remain unknown.
According to him, “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 like I said 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 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.”