Following the mixed feelings that has come with the revelation that Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the new boss of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa are from Kebbi State, the minister has maintained that he submitted Bawa’s name among other four people to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration on who to head the EFCC based on competence.
The Senate, on February 24, confirmed the appointment of Mr Bawa, who was nominated by the President on February 15, as the substantive chairman of the EFCC.
Mr Bawa, 40, a pioneer EFCC cadet officer from Course One of 2005, rose through the ranks to head the Ibadan, Port Harcourt, and Lagos zonal offices of the commission at various times.
The minister, in an interview with journalists on Monday hadn’t only denied being related to Mr.Bawa, but also said despite the comments made on his selection of Mr Bawa, none of them challenged his capacity to deliver as head of the country’s leading anti-corruption agency.
“I am happy that most of the comments made are not on his capacity, Intelligence, competence and associated ability to deliver. His capacity to deliver was never questioned across the nation.
“The question is whether justice has been served, whether public interest has been served having the chairman appointed with a particular regard to his capacity and ability to deliver.
“My answer is yes. He has the capacity, ability and institutional history of the institution to do justice by way of bringing about added value,” he said.