- The PDP has shared a piece of advice with the new EFCC boss, Bawa
- Bawa has been urged not to get himself involved in partisan politics
- According to the opposition party, this was one of the things that ruined his predecessor, Ibrahim Magu
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The new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa was on Sunday, February 28, advised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to avoid possible pitfalls associated with his office.
The major Nigerian opposition party urged him to stay away from party politics which in its opinion ruined Magu's image, that of the agency and trust in its effort to stamp out graft in the country.
The PDP pleaded with the new appointee not to succumb to the pressure of being used by politicians to harass, persecute, intimidate their opponents.
Part of the statement reads:
"The party urges Bawa to avoid the pitfalls of his immediate predecessor 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."
Moreover, the PDP called on Bawa to uphold professionalism in his duties and service to the country.
It claimed that in the absence of professionalism, the anti-graft agency will lose its value and place in the battle to overcome financial corruption, especially among top Nigerian public servants.
Even more, the PDP noted that if Bawa fails to resist evil tendencies in his new position, the EFCC will completely be bereft of the public's confidence in what it stands for.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Bawa had appeared before the Senate for screening. He faced the hot seat and went through a series of questions from a special committee set up by the upper chamber.
The committee quizzed the nominee on his new role. He was reported to have been led into the Senate chamber by Senator Babajide Omoworare, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.