Transparency International Reacts to Suspension of EFCC Chairman in Nigeria, Highlights Prevailing Pattern of Leadership Changes

Transparency International Reacts to Suspension of EFCC Chairman in Nigeria, Highlights Prevailing Pattern of Leadership Changes

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. Transparency International, a prominent organization in Nigeria, has expressed its lack of surprise regarding the suspension of Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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President Bola Tinubu announced the suspension based on serious allegations of misconduct, and Bawa has subsequently been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).

In a conversation with reporters in Abuja, the Head of Transparency International, Nigeria, Auwal Rafsanjani, discussed the reasons behind the suspension and highlighted the need for a non-political approach in selecting the next EFCC chairman.

Previous Removals of EFCC Chairmen:

Rafsanjani emphasized that the suspension of Bawa did not come as a surprise, as previous governments have often replaced EFCC leaders upon assuming power.

This pattern of removals has become customary and expected.

Rafsanjani suggested that Tinubu may not retain Bawa due to concerns surrounding the manner in which he was appointed following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu.

It is likely that Tinubu wishes to distance himself from any controversies surrounding Bawa’s appointment.

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Political Interests and Concerns:

According to Rafsanjani, there are political interests and individuals associated with the government who have issues with the suspended EFCC chairman.

These factors contribute to their discomfort with Bawa continuing in his position.

It is clear that Tinubu, as a politician, would prioritize eliminating any potential problems related to Bawa’s appointment.

The influence of various political actors plays a significant role in determining the fate of the EFCC chairman.

Excessive Politicization of the EFCC Office:

Rafsanjani expressed concern about the excessive politicization of the EFCC office, which hampers its ability to function effectively as a government agency.

He advised the government to prioritize competence and professionalism over political considerations when appointing the next chairman of the EFCC.

The prevailing politicization undermines the agency’s efforts to combat corruption and perform its duties efficiently.

Rafsanjani emphasized the importance of maintaining the fight against corruption and ensuring that the good work of agencies like the EFCC continues.

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Conclusion:

Transparency International in Nigeria acknowledges the suspension of EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa, highlighting the recurring trend of replacing EFCC leaders when new governments assume power.

They suggest that Tinubu’s decision may be influenced by political interests and concerns over the circumstances of Bawa’s appointment.

The organization urges the government to look beyond politics and prioritize professionalism in appointing the next chairman.

It emphasizes the need to ensure that the fight against corruption remains a central focus for the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria.

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