The newly appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on Tuesday has asked those paying for advertorial messages to congratulate him in the print media to desist from such forthwith.
Mr. Bawa in a statement released to the media said the gesture though commended but it has gradually turned into a complete distraction.
He urged those well-wishers to channel their resources into the cause of charity.
The statement reads: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has observed the increasing number of messages published in the print media by groups and individuals, congratulating Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on his well-deserved appointment as the Executive Chairman of the Commission.”
“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 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.”
“He, therefore, appeals 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, and instead channel such resources to more worthy causes, such as making donations to Orphanages and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps.”