Tinubu should consider credibility, professionalism, others when appointing EFCC Chairman – COACO - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, July 10, 2023

Tinubu should consider credibility, professionalism, others when appointing EFCC Chairman – COACO

Coalition of Anti-Corruption Organisations, COACO, has called on President Bola Tinubu not to jettison credibility when appointing Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission.

COACO, in an open letter to the President signed by Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran and Executive Director of Centre for Public Accountability and Spokesman for COACO, Mr. Olufemi Lawson, stated that to put an end to cases of corruption in Nigeria, an individual who possesses integrity and not given to ethno-religious sentiments must be appointed.

The statement reads in part: "The EFCC is the flagship of Nigeria's anti-corruption struggles to kill that monster that threatens our very existence as a nation. The Commission has done a lot to earn its reputation locally and respectability internationally which the suspended Chairman was beginning to rubbish before the public outcry against him by concerned stakeholders which we spearheaded despite the threats of retribution by supporters of corruption.

"It is our considered opinion that in appointing the next EFCC Chairman, a few qualities should take precedence. First,  the President must look for a person of impeccable pedigrees in public service without an ounce of baggage trailing him or her from his or her previous positions.  He or she must be a thorough professional with indubitable capacity to deliver on the core mandates of the EFCC. He or she must also possess personal integrity and someone not given to ethno-religious sentiments that could compromise the execution of his or her official assignments. 

"Experience is also of critical importance in this exercise.  It is important for the president to consider field experience in choosing the next EFCC chairman. The next EFCC chairman must possess an advanced investigative profile with modern knowledge in forensic analysis and an effective use of technology in detecting, preventing, exposing and prosecuting corruption cases and culprits. We pledge to collaborate with such credible new dispensation at the EFCC. We look forward to the president taking our recommendations into consideration as he shops for who comes in next as EFCC Chairman."

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