The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has charged the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulraheed Bawa, to re-engineer and restore professionalism in the anti-graft agency. The PDP has also specifically charged Bawa not to follow Ibrahim Magu’s ways.
Magu was the former acting chairman of the commission who the PDP alleged used the agency for partisan purposes.
Bawa was recently nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive chairman of the EFCC and he was screened and approved by the Senate last Wednesday.
The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan urged Bawa to avoid the pitfalls of Magu while in office, by resisting all partisan pressures to use the agency as a tool for political persecution, harassment of dissenting voices, settling of personal scores as well as for personal enrichment, as witnessed under the last chairman.
Noting that The party notes that such tendencies eroded professionalism in the EFCC, compromised its activities and diminished the public confidence with regard to fairness, impartiality and even-handedness in the handling of cases.
Besides charging Bawa not to follow Magu’s ways, the PDP reminded the new EFCC chairman that the commission was articulated and established by the PDP administration to fight corruption and not as a tool for oppression and intimidation of innocent Nigerians for political and other unjustified reasons.
The PDP notes that for the first time, the Chairman of the EFCC is drawn from the pool of trained investigators of the commission and Nigerians expect the new chairman to bring the benefits of his training to bear by sanitizing the system and restoring professionalism in line with international best practices.
Furthermore, our party urges the new EFCC Chairman to bear in mind that, given his young age and training, he should exhibit the ideals of the Generation-Next Nigeria in reciprocation of the confidence Nigerians repose in him.