While delivering a speech on Tuesday at the Nigerian Women Against Corruption project which was organised by the EFCC and the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari in Abuja, Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, called on the Federal Government to carry out psychiatric test on politicians before they occupy any office.
According to the former anti-graft agency boss, some politicians had stolen so much that they could no longer quantify their wealth. She said some politicians owned several houses virtually on every continent of the world because they did not know what to do with stolen funds. 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.