EFCC Chairmanship: Is Col Hamid Ali the best bet?

Colonel Hamid Ibrahim Ali

Former military administrator of Kaduna State, Colonel Hamid Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) is currently undergoing screening. This has left speculations in the hands of those who want to think as it had been scripted that he may be preparing to be the next chairman in waiting for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) job.

The non compromising stickler for order at 60 years of age who hails from Bauchi State was at one time the secretary of the revered northern group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and chairman National Council for the Welfare of Destitutes in Nigeria.

He was also a prominent figure in the military regime of late General Sani Abacha who appointed him as Military Administrator of Kaduna State.

Ali retired from the army during the Obasanjo Presidency unceremoniously without money or any traceable scandal and he is also into poultry farming and still drives a 504 Peugeot saloon car.

According to insiders in the All Progressives Congress (APC), he is programmed to head the new look EFCC. If the original plan is carried through, a merger of the ICPC and current EFCC may be on the deck.

Furthermore, in order to make for efficiency,, it has been planned to establish special anti corruption court where all corruption matters will certainly be dispensed with within 90 days.

The temperature of many corrupt politicians, civil servants and private organizations had been on the high since the news filtered that he may be heading the EFCC. Most people have been on the panic gear since.

Many people have started the process of returning looted funds to the treasury. Unconfirmed sources told Nigerian Insight that as at the Friday before Buhari’s inauguration, about N939billion had been paid back by people who voluntarily made efforts to return some of what they had stolen.

Ali’s appointment won’t come as a surprise to many who are familiar with the newly sworn in President. For years, Buhari is an admirer of Ali’s life style. That was why he appointed him to be in charge of the management of the campaign funds. Many had speculated that Ali would be the Chief of Staff to the President until he was spotted attending to screening which opened the flanks as to where he is being prepared to go.

Buhari had made the fight against corruption one of the cardinal points of his campaign if elected. Now that he has the people’s mandate, he had desired to create an independent institution that cannot be teleguided and yet will administer the cardinal campaign promise to the people with exceptional admiration.

The Babatunde Idiagbon House which is the headquarters of the EFCC, as such, is expected to become a driving force of the anti-corruption agenda with a precision force that will source both local and international admiration. Like an APC insider squealed, “the new chairman must be a steely character suitable for the incorruptible values of Idiagbon, we needed the best hands and whoever he (Buhari) appoints will be a key figure in his administration.”

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