Kukah visits Fani-Kayode, Obanikoro, Abati, others in EFCC cells

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Kukah, on Monday, visited the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

According to a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Kukah met with Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and a former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, among others.

He said Kukah was reportedly conducted round the EFCC’s detention facilities by the acting chairman of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

Uwujaren said  Kukah expressed delight that the detainees were in high spirits despite the discomfort of temporary restriction.

“I discussed with some detained suspects like Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and Reuben Abati, and I am quite pleased 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,” the statement quoted him as saying.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kukah said well-meaning Nigerians like himself were staff of the EFCC to the extent that they wanted a better country and were doing what was needed to be done.

“We’ll continue to pray 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,” he said.

He said Kukah commended the commission over the state of its detention facilities in Abuja, describing them as “clean and orderly”.

Magu, the statement said, assured the detainees that their incarceration was not personal.

“It is not personal; this is all about Nigeria and making it better. And I think there is a consensus around this,” he said.