News Investigators/ The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged President Bola Tinubu to appoint a southerner as the next Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in order to foster equity and balancing.
HURIWA said such an appointment would correct that perception that the commission’s chairmanship position was the exclusive preserves of the north.
In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and made available to journalists in Owerri, on Monday, HURIWA posited that “such a decision would send a powerful message of unity and inclusivity, fostering a harmonious and balanced Nigeria.”
The group expressed concern over the consistent appointment of individuals from the Northern part of Nigeria as EFCC Chairmen since the establishment of the commission.
“This has led to the perception that the position is micro-zoned to the North, depriving equally competent individuals of the South the opportunity to contribute to the fight against corruption,” it said.
The group described Mr. Tinubu as a prominent leader known for his commitment to fairness and justice and equity, urging him to exhibit same by appointing a candidate from the South as the next EFCC Chairman.
“We firmly believe that a candidate from the southern region should be appointed as the next EFCC Chairman to ensure a fair distribution of power and showcase the competence of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
“It is essential to rectify the existing regional imbalance within the EFCC by appointing a candidate from the South as the next chairman, to address the perception of bias and create a more balanced representation within the institution.
HURIWA further emphasised the need for national institutions such as the EFCC to reflect Nigeria’s diversity and promote inclusion.
It called for the appointment of the EFCC chairman based on merit, competence, and a proven track record in the fight against corruption.
It is by fostering transparency and credibility in the appointment process that Nigeria can strengthen its fight against economic and financial crimes and promote a more inclusive and a united nation, it added.