The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, charged the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa to be guided by President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance that the fight against corruption must be total and unsparing.
The APC gave the charge in a statement issued by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John J. Akpanudoedehe.
This followed Wednesday’s confirmation of Bawa as the chairman of the anti-graft agency by the senate.
According to Akpanudoedehe, the fight against corruption is one of the major promises the President Buhari-led APC administration made to Nigerians in the 2015 and 2019 presidential campaigns.
He said it is to this end that the party is confident that the Abdulrasheed Bawa-led EFCC will intensify the administration’s ongoing campaign to end impunity and graft.
He added that Abdulrasheed Bawa’s 16 years work experience and in different strategic capacities at the EFCC has prepared him for the important job.
The APC national secretary said, “Drawing from a pool of well-trained staff can only increase professionalism through reliance on institutional memory and also boost staff morale, as in the case of Abdulrasheed Bawa’s appointment. Again, his youth is an advantage and an indication that the present administration believes in its youth population.”
He continued, “The APC urges Abdulrasheed Bawa’s to be guided by the stance of President Buhari that the fight against corruption must be total and unsparing.
“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. To be steps ahead, the Abdulrasheed Bawa-led EFCC must invest in technology and ensure synergy, cooperation and partnership with relevant agencies, locally and internationally, to effectively prosecute the current administration’s war against graft.
“Corruption is the root cause of most of the society problems, particularly underdevelopment and poverty which the current administration is working assiduously to reverse. Blind to religious, cultural, political and sundry leanings, corruption is a common enemy which we must use all lawful means to end. It is the reason why the President Buhari administration has dedicated itself to end impunity and ensure that our commonwealth works for the common man, not a few.”