- APC has pledged its support for the new chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa
- Bawa was confirmed as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency on Wednesday, February 24
- The ruling party also advised Bawa to fight corruption without minding whose ox is gored
Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been urged to fight corruption without discrimination.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement issued by the secretary of the party's Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, it told Bawa to be guided by the stance of President Muhammadu Buhari that the fight against corruption must be total and unsparing.
The statement read:
“Following the unanimous approval by the Ninth Senate, the APC welcomes President Buhari’s appointment of Bawa as the new substantive chairman of the EFCC."
The APC said that Bawa’s 16 years of work experience in different strategic capacities at the EFCC has prepared him for the important job.
It added that drawing from a pool of well-trained workers can only increase professionalism through reliance on institutional memory and boost workers’ morale as in the case of Bawa’s appointment.
The party also noted that Bawa's youthfulness is an advantage and an indication that the present administration believes in its youth population.
APC, however, urged the new helmsman to fight corruption to a standstill.
“From advance fee fraud, money laundering, public sector corruption and other financial crime-related issues, economic and financial crimes are becoming increasingly sophisticated criminal activities which keep evolving with the times."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari held a closed-door meeting with Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new boss of the EFCC.
It was reported that the meeting was also attended by the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
The president's meeting with Bawa came barely 24 hours after he was confirmed as the new anti-corruption czar by the Nigerian Senate.
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