By Dipo Awojobi – Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev’d Matthew Kukah, on Monday visited the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, where he prayed for some detained chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kukah prayed for former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and ex-spokesman to the immediate past president, Reuben Abati.
The three former public office holders are being held for allegedly benefiting from the slush funds said to be misappropriated by the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Kukah, who was conducted round the detention facility by the acting Chairman of the agency, Ibrahim Magu, described it as ‘clean and orderly.”
The priest, who used the visit to assess the state of the detention facilities, said that he was satisfied that the EFCC paid premium attention to the well being of the detainees by ensuring that the facilities provided comfort to them.
Speaking after the tour, the clergyman said, “I discussed with some detained suspects including Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and Reuben Abati; and I am quite pleased because they are looking cheerful.
“I was also happy with the humility of the acting Chairman who took me round and the way he interacted with the detainees. This is what is important for our country so that nobody takes these kinds of things personal. I am happy I came.
“We are all staff of EFCC to the extent that we want a better country and we are doing what needs to be done. We’ll continue praying that God guides you, keeps you safe and ensure that we build a country that we all will be proud of. This country has suffered so much, but we hope and pray that we can bring the suffering and trauma to an end as we collectively fight corruption.”
Kukah had over the weekend called on Nigerians to work towards the unity of the country, stressing that Nigeria does not belong to Christians, Muslims or any political party.