A fresh insight has been given into what Bishop Mathew Kukah discussed with the trio of Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and Reuben Abati during his visit to EFCC detention facilities Monday.
Jude Ndukwe, media aide to Fani-Kayode said in a statement Tuesday that, “On Monday, October 31, 2016, the highly revered Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, His Lordship, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, paid a visit to the trio of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and Dr Reuben Abati in EFCC custody. On his arrival there, he met them at the clinic and afterwards had some private moments with them away from the prying eyes of journalists.
Giving his fresh perspective on what the Bishop told the trio, Ndukwe said, “Bishop Kukah spoke inspirational words of encouragement to the trio wherein he encouraged them to be strong and see this as a trying period for them. He prayed for them before departing.
He faulted EFCC’s claims on what Kukah said and alleged that the anti graft agency wove “disheartening lies.”
According to Ndukwe, “Even if we decide to agree that Kukah said the clinic and detention area of the commission was ‘clean and orderly’, we reject the notion that Kukah said the trio was ‘cheerful’. This was obviously added to make a caricature of the seriousness of the condition of the detainees. What is there in EFCC for anyone to be cheerful about especially when someone is being illegally detained.
“It is all part of EFCC’s deliberate and wicked manipulation of the media against the trio who were met at the EFCC clinic by the bishop while undergoing some medical attention to say that they were cheerful.
“Also, that some of EFCC’s facilities were reportedly said to be ‘clean and orderly’ does not give them the liberty to illegally detain Nigerians for as long as they wish. Even if EFCC converts a five-star hotel to its facility, it can never be good enough to illegally keep citizens on account of their political leanings.
He insisted, for instance, “that the EFCC is holding Chief Femi Fani-Kayode illegally.”