Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has asked Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), to explain why he is purportedly jittery over the appointment of Abudlrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Malami said this in a statement issued by Umar Gwandu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Thursday in response to a statement credited to Sagay.
Sagay had in an interview with a national newspaper on Wednesday claimed that Malami will not allow Bawa to run the EFCC freely as the AGF is known to always interfere in the activities of the commission.
But responding, the Attorney General described the PACAC Chairman as an “old man” who has displayed “the highest of confusion”.
According to the AGF, Sagay has been showing a hypocritical trait by showing “great optimism” with the appointment of Bawa and also be pessimistic at the same time.
Malami advised the renowned professor of law to allow Bawa do his job as the head of the anti-graft agency rather than make unproven insinuations.
The statement partly read: “There was nothing to worry about the new leadership of the EFCC which many Nigerians hail, unless the old man has skeletons in his cupboard.
“We advise the old man not to start having a hallucinated, mixed-up and confused vision of a prognostic future envisaged by his sentiments.
“Let Sagay make less noise but allow the young man discharge his duties with vigour and vibrancy.
“Nigerians will be happy if the old man would come out publicly to explain reasons why he is jittery over the development, which has been praised and commended by Nigerians.”