First female chairperson and former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, has advised the Federal Government to ensure that all politicians undertake psychiatric test before occupying any office.
The former EFCC boss, who was in charge of the agency from 2008 to 2011, said some politicians had stolen so much that they could no longer quantify their wealth.
She said some politicians owned houses on every continent of the world because they did not know what to do with stolen funds.
Waziri stated this in Abuja on Tuesday while delivering a speech at the inauguration of the Nigerian Women Against Corruption project which was organised by the EFCC and the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari.
Waziri said, “I sit down sometimes and wonder what corrupt Nigerians are thinking of. Somebody gets a big position and thinks he needs a big house in the United States and then jets out to buy a mansion. He comes back and then wants a house in Europe. He jets out to the UK to buy one and then thinks of the UAE, he jets out to Dubai and buys one and he is not satisfied.
“He then jets out to South Africa to buy one. I went to Pretoria and I was taken to a street which was vacated by De Boers, the white farmers who had left South Africa and I was shown houses owned by Nigerians. They looked like cathedrals to me.
“They looked like haunted houses and when these Nigerians travel to South Africa, they can’t stay there so they lodge in hotels. So, what is the aim? What goes on in their minds? And that is why I said that before the government employs anyone to positions of authority, let them be medically examined. They need psychiatric test.”
Waziri said there was a need for focus to be shifted to crime prevention and not just prosecution as it was difficult to recover stolen funds especially the ones stashed in notorious tax havens like the Cayman Islands, Seychelles and Bermuda.
She argued that stealing of public funds had turned many countries into banana republics and could plunge Nigeria into deeper crisis.
Also speaking, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, urged women to be actively involved in the fight against corruption as the United Nations had stated in a report that women were the most affected by corruption.
He said, “Permit me to remind this gathering of the eternal words of Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French General, who said, ‘give me good mothers and I will give you a great nation.’
“There is no gainsaying that women, especially mothers, have a significant influence on the direction the society takes; every generation is raised and nurtured by women.”
In her remarks, the wife of the President urged Nigerian women to internalise the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign.
Mrs.Buhari said she and the Vice-President’s wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, had not received any gifts since their husbands took office.
She said, “People have been trying to bring some gift items to me but I have not been collecting them. Right from when I was campaigning with the wife of the Vice-President for our husbands, we did not take a dime from anyone and we have continued like that till today.
“I have never collected any gift and I am not ready to do so even in the future.”