- Arewa youth group has hailed President Buhari for appointing Bawa as the chairman of EFCC
- Bawa was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, February 24
- The AYCF also advised the new boss of the anti-graft agency to fight corruption holistically
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a 40-year-old man, Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
In a media statement signed by its national president, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, and seen by Legit.ng, the group said the appointment of Bawa was an indication that time was ripe for "a shift from the old brigade to young Turks who have the productive energy to turn around the fortunes of the country.
The AYCF said as a youth group, it is not only happy with the integration of young people in key governance roles but has confidence in "young, brilliant and experienced men and women in today's Nigeria, just like Bawa."
The group, however, called on the new EFCC boss to justify the confidence reposed in him, not only by the presidency but also the Nigerian youth, who see him as one proof that young people can apply special skills to boost nation-building.
Shettima urged the EFCC boss to deal with the challenges of financial crimes across the nation, charge suspects to court, using strong evidence and avoid trial by the media as it was the case before he assumed the office.
The AYCF noted that president Buhari's choice of Bawa as the EFCC chairman was also an indication that Nigeria's future would hopefully be bright with the elderly playing mentoring and advisory roles while youths spin the wheel of governance.
The AYCF said:
"We are fully prepared to protect him because he is one of our own and we urge all Nigerian youth to rally around the EFCC boss with all their legitimate might.
"Our call for the EFCC boss is to go after all criminals and ensure they get punished for their sins against the Nigerian nation, regardless of how highly-placed they are and from whichever part of the country. He should pursue justice within the ambit of the law. This is our simple prayer."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the new chairman of the EFCC was urged to fight corruption without discrimination.
It was reported that the advice was given on Thursday, February 25, in Abuja by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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.
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