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Farida Waziri ‘Public officials should be checked for mental illness,’ Ex-EFCC Chairman says

Waziri made the comment on Tuesday while speaking at the launch of the Women against Corruption project.

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Farida Waziri

(The Herald)

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri has said that people intending to occupy public offices need to be checked for psychiatric problems.

Waziri made the comment on Tuesday, December 6, while speaking at the launch of the Women against Corruption project which was organized by the EFCC and First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

“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 off to buy a mansion,” she said according to Punch.

“He comes back and then wants a house in Europe. He jets off to the UK to buy one and then thinks of the UAE, he jets off to Dubai and buys one and he is not satisfied.

“He then jets off 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 and in fact 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 tests," she added.

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Waziri also said that some corrupt politicians own houses on every continent in the world while some others don’t know how much they’re worth.

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