Many Nigerians on social media have advised President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a former Kano State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Wakili, as the new acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The farce started on Nigerian Twitter on Wednesday, following the suspension of the former acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday.
Recall that President Buhari had earlier set up a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami to probe the various allegations leveled against the EFCC boss.
Mr Magu was suspended by the special investigative panel amidst allegations contained in a memo raised by the minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Against this backdrop, multiple social media users were seen calling on President Buhari via his handle @MBuhari to consider Mr Wakili for the position of the EFCC chair.
A tweet by one Victor Ita James said; “For the purpose of considerable inclusion & diversity in Federal politics. The Senate & Buhari should appoint a decent person of other ethnicities to pilot EFCC.
“Except there are ethnic Cold War we don’t know about. If this request is declined. Wakili Mohammed is a decent Northerner!”
In another tweet with a username Famous Anfield, said: “I’m well in support for Retired CP Muhammad Wakili (Singham) to succeed Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman. A competent leader that ticks all boxes you need.
Another social media user said: “When I was the President of EFCC Integrity Club during my year of National Youth Service, CP Mohammed Wakili retd. (AKA Singham) was the EFCC Head of Operations, North West Zonal Office situated in Kano, whom I closely worked with to achieve my mandate as President of the club.”
Mr Wakili was a retired Commissioner of Police had earned the nickname “Singham” due to his reported rare courage, honesty and dedication to duty, especially the fight against drug misuse during his service in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the former police chief is still being praised and revered in Kano for what many described as a ‘fair and just’ handling of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
Recall that during the election in Kano, the police under his leadership took the state’s deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna, and commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Murtala Garo, into custody over alleged threat to public peace and alleged disruption of the collation of election.