Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, EFCC. Last July, the president sacked the former head of the agency, Ibrahim Magu, over his handling of seized assets in the custody of the EFCC.
In a Twitter message, the president’s spokeswoman, Femi Adeshina, made known the president’s decision with further information that the appointment has been transmitted to the Senate for approval.
Bawa, an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the last 15 years, will be the first non-police man or woman to head the anti-graft agency. He led the investigation against the former Petroleum Minister, Dieziani Alison-Madueke.
The new anti-graft chief is 40 years old and holds a degree in Economics and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy. In 2015, Buhari rode to power on the back of the promise to tackle corruption, especially in higher and government places, but his efforts have not yielded the desired results.
His choice of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of EFCC led to politics of acrimony and revenge with the former Senate that refused to confirm his appointment as required by the Nigerian constitution.
However, the president stuck with him until he was sacked. In late 2020, Nigeria’s ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index slid to 149th from 136th.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, has been perceived by many as a very corrupt country, and this is largely responsible for it’s economic downturn and underdevelopment.