The newly appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has advised well wishers to stop placing congratulatory messages in the media, stressing that resources spent on the congratulatory messages can be channeled to worthy causes, such as internally displaced persons (IDPs).
He also said the adverts were distracting him.
The advice was given in a statement by Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday.
According to him, the chairman of the commission was appointed at a time when the country was confronted with a plethora of challenges and would need to be focused.
Uwujaren explained that the challenge before the chairman is enormous.
“He desires to hit the ground running. What he needs from wells wishers and indeed all Nigerians, is support and prayers, and more importantly, credible information that will further the work of the Commission,” the statement said.
The statement added: “We 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 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.
“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, camps.”