👤 By Abdul Tukur
Sulaiman Bakari, a former staff of the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is to challenge Ibrahim Aminu for state representative for the Jalingo, Yorro and Zing Federal Constituency in the 2019 general elections
“The past two weeks have been the most humbling and reflective period of my entire life,” Mr Bakari said in a Facebook post.
He said: “I tried very hard, practically at every moment, to couch the words to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your overwhelming turnout, warm reception and unprecedented solidarity at my official declaration of intent to vie for the House of Representatives, representing Jalingo, Yorro and Zing Federal Constituency in the 2019 general elections, on Saturday 4th May, 2019 at Jalingo.”
Mr Bakari is not yet certain what political party he hopes to join.
A source close to the former National Assembly Liaison Officer told DENISAURUS News that Mr Bakari left the commission following the issues surrounding the anti-corruption award given to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
In 2016, Mr Bakari decorated Mr Ekweremadu, as “Anti-Corruption Ambassador.”
But Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, whose nomination as fourth chairman of the Commission was rejected by the Senate due to an indicting report from the Department of State Security Service, DSS said the officer was acting on his own, a claim that many staff called this paper to refute.
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DENISAURUS News was informed by EFCC staff members that their boss had authorised the award. However, they claimed that when it looked as though the anti-corruption medal might jepordise Mr Magu’s chances of becoming chairman of the anti-graft agency, he simply “sacrificed” Mr Bakari “instead of taking responsibility for his own actions.”
This paper gathered that in furtherance to frustrate Mr Bakari out of the anti-graft agency, Mr Magu denied the officer payment of Salary and Allowances.
According to information at our disposal, the EFCC boss claimed that Mr Bakari was on secondment at the National Assembly, therefore was not entitled to payment from the Commission.
EFCC staffers say “this is a clear victimisation and bullying,”
A staff who craves anonymity explained that “the same EFCC’s Magu pays seconded Police Officers serving at the anti-graft agency. So it means they get paid by the Nigerian Police Force, and the EFCC. They are getting double Salary and Allowances.”
More understanding is needed as to why Mr Magu would “met out different condition to EFCC staff member?”
Mr Magu could not be reached for comment and several attempts were made to speak to Mr Bakari, however, he did not pick or return our phone calls either.
Since leaving his role at the anti-graft agency, Mr Bakari has taken a role as Special Assistant to the Senate President on anti-corruption.
In his declaration, he promised to establish “good governance” if elected.
Mr Bakari, a graduate of the prestigious Ahamadu Bello University, ABU, in Zaria gsaid: “I got a first-hand feel of the extent to which my people have craved for good governance, particularly at the House of Reps.”
“I also got to appreciate the collective resolve of my people to embrace genuine change in 2019, by the instrumentality of their ballots. I am convinced beyond doubt that no force on earth can stop a people united by purpose, as the people of Jalingo, Yorro and Zing are united to champion the cause of the rapid development of the constituency by, among other things, ensuring my emergence as their Federal Representative in 2019.
“It equally dawned on me, the magnitude of the challenge that lies ahead of me, in ensuring that I do not give you all, my zealous and expectant supporters, the slightest cause to regret your commitment to the noble cause of instating me as your Federal Representative in the next general election.”
He added: “Therefore from the very depths of my heart, I wish to exceedingly thank you all for the great honour accorded to me at my reception ceremony and subsequent official declaration.
“I solemnly promise not to betray the huge confidence you have reposed in me. I pledge my abiding commitment to you all, and to the worthy cause of the peace, unity and progress of our federal constituency.”