The Center for Institutions Reforms in Nigeria, CIRN has joined other groups and individuals in Nigeria to give kudos to President Mohammadu Buhari over the nomination of a 40-year old Abdul-Rasheed Bawa as the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Reacting to the development, CIRN described the nomination of Bawa as a welcome development
The Director-General of CIRN, Lai Omotola in a press release on Tuesday, described the nomination as the right step towards achieving the required reforms in EFCC, which has the official mandate to fight corruption in Nigeria.
Omotola applauded President Buhari, saying that the appointment vividly shows that he is indeed a man who is committed to giving reforms that wiould springboard Nigeria to higher height in all sectors.
Omotola said: ‘President Mohammadu Buhari has demonstrated that he is indeed a man of reforms. By choosing Bawa, he has demonstrated his committemnt towards the continuous fight against corruption in Nigeria. He has shown the commitment in two forms: one; he has nominated the youngest man in history to run EFCC, secondly, for the first time in history of EFCC, an operative from the anti-graft agency will run the commission.
Omotola continued: “You willl recall that during the travails of the former Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu; when he was being investigated by the presidential panel, CIRN came out and did a comprehensive press conference, calling for an amendment of EFCC Act that would make an insider within the operative to take control of the day-to-day operations and workings of the anti-graft commission. At present, Abdul-Rasheed Bawa is the head of Lagos Zone of the commission. Within a short time, we have seen a lot of reforms he has brought to the zone. He has changed the ambience of EFCC and he has also ensured that operations of EFCC in terms of Investigation are based on specialized departments; meaning that it now operates in a specialized way.
The CIRN boss also gave President Buhari a pat on the back for choosing a youth to head a critical agency like EFCC, saying that this shows the belief of the President that youths possess the needed knowledge and the capacity to govern Nigeria effectively.
In his words: President Buhari has demonstrated that his belief in allowing youths to take over the reign of power in Nigeria and this sends a signal that governance would soon be handed over to the younger generation that would take Nigeria to an enviable height in the committee of nations.
Omotola called on the Senate not to waste time in confirming the nomination of Bawa as the substantive head of EFCC.
“We therefore requested the Senate to accept the nomination of Bawa according to the rules of the Senate and we are optimistic that the emergence of the young and vibrant operative who happens to be among the first set of cadet to be enrolled in the commission in 2005 would make all of us proud as it will bring fresh air into the EFCC,” Omotola added.
TheAdvocate recalls that in July 12, last year, the CIRN boss, Lai Omotola made a comprehensive and insightful press conference, with a report titled: “Magu’s Suspension: Time to Amend EFCC Act-CIRN,” calling for urgent reforms of EFCC. One of the issues he pin-pointed in the conference was independence of EFCC from the police; which has just been done