On February 16, 2021 President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. In a letter to the National Assembly President Buhari asked senator Ibrahim Lawan led Senate to confirm 40 years old Bawa as the Nigeria anti graft boss, and it was done on February 24, 2021. Unlike the past four EFCC bosses, the task before Bawa is enormous, and yet, he must leave some legacies in the sand of times with astounding success.
Right from the inception of the EFCC in 2003, the anti graft top job has always been a platform of summersaults to the outgoings. Ranging from Nuhu Ribadu(2003-2007), Farida Waziri( 2008-2011), Ibrahim Lamode (2011-2015) and Ibrahim Magu (2015-2020), they are either left unceremoniously or disgracefully. But Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa can be successful in the office, leaving unchallenged legacies for the teaming youths of Nigeria.
1. He could be focus and not distracted by women: Having assumed the exalted position as the EFCC boss, no doubt Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa is an eye saw. He is single and at the age of marriage. Most men are referred to as responsible if they have married a wife. But Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is yet to be married, can still be responsible if he remains focus and committed to servicing the country with zeal and passion. He must not be distracted by women who might be wiling to offer themselves as unsolicited applicants for whatever is their selfish goals with Bawa. Apart from distracting Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa to their lust, desperate corrupt politicians can also use ladies to set as a snare for him. Therefore, even though he has to be humanly to people, yet, he must watch out for the spikes and guard against inordinate desire for women.
2. He does not have history of growing up with Nigerian elite class as his contemporaries peers: Many in the elite class are presumed to have engaged in one form of corruption or the other. Growing up with such ones in the same community might influenced a fair sense of judgement. But most of the corrupted elites are not his contemporary peers, and his peers are evidently not the elites. Therefore, his sense of judgement would be total, holistic and practically impartial. The elite constitutes a great percentage of the corrupted class. Therefore, going after these ones in him campaign against economic and financial crimes will go a long way to sending a strong signals to those engaging in grafts. If he could secure convictions on high profile cases involving the elite class, then his score card would be impressive.
3. He does not have business relationship with the elite politician and Business moguls: Bawa is a civil servant cum public servant. He is not a businessman and does not have a history of any business relationships with the elite political class. Even when he was accused of selling some 220 impounded oil trucks while he was the head of the EFCC zonal office in Port Harcourt, yet, his accusers could not substantiate their allegations in a court of competent jurisdiction. Bawa will be successful because not having former business associates among the Nigeria business moguls or the political class is an added advantage. He has what it takes to prosecute cases against those engaging in money laundry, advanced fee fraud, shady business deals and corrupt public officials without any fear or favour.
4. He is youthful and would want to be a model for the youths: One thing Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa told the Senate during his confirmation by the National Assembly is that he wants to ensure he leaves a legacy for the youths of this Nigeria, so that more youths would be entrusted with more positions of responsibilities in the country. Nigerians have to take him for his word. He is youthful, and all eyes of the Nigerian youths are looking up to him for effective representation. He does not need to fail!
Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, 40, joined the EFCC in 2004 as Assistant Detective Superintendent. He rose through the ranks and was appointed head of the EFCC zonal offices in Ibadan, Port Harcourt and in Lagos states. Until his appointment as the substantive EFCC boss, he was the Deputy Chief Superintendent of the anti graft agency. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics, and a Master's degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy. He has undergone several international trainings bordering on official corruption, bank fraud, advanced fee fraud, money laundry, and other economic crimes, in many parts of the world. On November 20, 2020 the Rtd Justice Ayo Salami led panel of inquiry investigating corruption allegations against Ibrahim Magu, submitted its reports to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House. On the report, it was recommended that if a none EFCC staff is appointed EFCC boss, it should be for a transitional period of 2 years, during which a staff of the anti graft agency would be appointed owing to the commendations of the candidates by the UK National Crime Agency, or other International Law Enforcement for their professionalism. But President Muhammadu Buhari said his appointment is in line with Section 2(3) of Part 1, CAP E1 of the EFCC Act 2004. The EFCC Chairman hails from Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi state. Nigerians must wish him success!
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