An Epistle & Advice to the Newly Appointed EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ola Olukoyede By Peter Olasupo


First and foremost, congratulations on your appointment as the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede

This is no small feat, and it signifies the immense trust and confidence that President Bola Tinubu has in your ability to lead this critical agency. Your extensive experience and history with the EFCC, coupled with your legal background and deep expertise in regulatory compliance, fraud management, and corporate intelligence, undoubtedly equip you for the challenging role ahead.

It is evident that you are no stranger to the operations of the EFCC, having served in various capacities within the agency over the years. With this background, you are well aware of the daunting task that lies ahead – the fight against corruption. This fight is not just about recovering stolen funds; it's about changing the narrative and perception of Nigerians worldwide as it pertains to corruption. 

The questions that arise are many, and they form the basis of the advice I would like to share. Are you prepared to take on corruption head-on, to the very end? Can you initiate the change that will redefine how Nigeria is perceived globally? 

The fight against corruption must begin from within the agency itself. Are you ready to tackle the potential issues of corruption and misconduct that may exist within the EFCC's own ranks? It's essential to ensure that the agency operates with the utmost integrity and transparency.

Looking back at the history of the EFCC, there are lessons to be learned from past Chairmen, including Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Mrs. Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorde, Ibrahim Magu, and Abdulrasheed Bawa. Their experiences, challenges, and accomplishments should serve as guides for your tenure. 

The road ahead will be filled with political maneuvering, power plays, and undoubtedly, the potential for character assassination and attempts at blackmail. Your strength will be tested, and your resolve will be challenged. Are you ready to stand your ground and face the consequences of your actions?

It's crucial to keep a watchful eye on those around you. Some will seek to befriend you for their personal gain, and others will use their influence to attempt to hinder your efforts. The highly connected and corrupt individuals in society will not take kindly to your actions, and they may resort to various tactics to protect their interests. 

But remember, the masses are watching your every move, and they are yearning for a change that will bring justice and accountability. It is your duty to stand firm and uphold the law, irrespective of who stands in your path.

If you tackle this role with unwavering dedication, and if you are willing to make the tough decisions, you can leave a lasting mark. Your name can be etched in the minds of Nigerians as a hero who dared to fight for justice, transparency, and a corruption-free society.

Once again, congratulations, Mr. Olukoyede. The road ahead is challenging, but your appointment signifies a belief in your ability to bring about change. It is a tremendous responsibility, and I hope that you will seize this opportunity to serve Nigeria with distinction, integrity, and unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption.

Peter Olasupo (Captain P2) writes from Ibadan, Oyo State.

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