The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked Nigerians to stop sending congratulatory messages to its new chairman, Abdulrahseed Bawa, saying doing so would cause distraction.
This plea was contained in a statement issued by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, yesterday.
Uwujaren noted that the new chairman has been inundated with messages from print media by groups and individuals, congratulating him on his appointment since he assumed duty.
Uwujaren said: “While the open exhibition of affection and solidarity may be salutary in our cultural milieu, and indeed appreciated, it is however inauspicious at this point in time and gradually turning into a distraction.
“Mr. Bawa is assuming the leadership of the EFCC at a time of great challenge, and he desires to hit the ground running.
“What he needs from well-wishers and, indeed all Nigerians, is support and prayers, and more importantly, credible information that will further the work of the Commission.”
The Media and Publicity Head stated further that Bawa appealed to all his admirers and well-wishers who might have the intention of demonstrating their love and support for him through paid newspaper advertisement to desist from it.
Instead, he said they should channel such resources to more worthy causes, such as making donations to orphanages and Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.