Mrs. Farida Waziri, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has called for the need to have Nigerian politicians undergo “psychiatric test” before entrusting offices to them.
This, Waziri said, was necessary to ascertain the mental state of Nigerian politicians who often enrich themselves by looting the country’s treasuries.
While noting that many Nigerian politicians own houses abroad that they don’t live in, Waziri said it was high time the country moved to not only prosecute criminals, but to also prevent corruption as it was always difficult to recover stolen funds.
“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,” Waziri said.
“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,” she added.