No more congratulatory messages for Bawa, EFCC declares

No more congratulatory messages for Bawa, EFCC declares

- The EFCC has placed a ban on congratulatory messages for its newly appointed chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

- The anti-graft commission stated that the flurry of messages have now become a distraction to the 40-year old EFCC boss

- While some Nigerians agreed with the position of the EFCC, others say it was unnecessary

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has frowned at the increasing number of messages published in the print media by groups and individuals, congratulating Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on his appointment as the executive chairman of the commission.

The anti-graft agency said the congratulatory messages are gradually turning into a distraction and requested that they should be halted henceforth.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by the commission on Tuesday, March 2, and seen by

No more congratulatory messages for Bawa, EFCC declares
Bawa was recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to head the EFCC. Photo credit: @NigeriaGov
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The statement was also posted on the social media pages of the commission.

Part of the statement read:

“While the open exhibition of affection and solidarity may be salutary in our cultural milieu, and indeed appreciated, it is however inauspicious at this point in time and gradually turning into a distraction.”

Some Nigerians have been reacting to the stance of the commission on the official page of the EFCC.

Comrade Usman Abdullahi wrote:

“That's very good, but he should be well prepared to fight against corruption for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians at large.”

Emmanuel Upaka wrote:

“You have no right to warn people not to congratulate you. The best you can do is ignore these congratulatory messages. Sometimes all these agencies can misbehave.”

Abiola Mubarak Mohammed wrote:

“I'm glad the concerned has voiced out his displeasure. Any further publications in this regard would be regarded as a show of defiance. It's more of a needless superfluous compulsion to demonstrate affiliation common among the generational toady lots.”

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Utagher Ushah Slim wrote:

“Those congratulating the incoming EFCC boss know exactly what they are doing. Bawa telling them to desist also shows he seem to understand the task ahead. We will be watching.”

Meanwhile, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described the nomination of Bawa as chairman of the EFCC as another win for Nigerian youths.

The NYCN made the declaration in a statement sent to on Wednesday, February 17, and signed by its president, Comrade Solomon Adodo.

The council said Nigeria has made another new discovery in Bawa, adding that they fully support the new EFCC boss to succeed in his new role.

In a related development, a group, Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum has commended President Buhari over the nomination of Bawa.

In a statement sent to on Tuesday, February 16, and signed by its chairman, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri, the group described the choice of Bawa as the best thing to have happened at the leadership level of the EFCC.

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Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at


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