There is no doubt that Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, is a very powerful figure in the Buhari’s government. Reacting to the allegation that he singlehandedly recommended Abdulrasheed Bawa for the chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), noted in the Daily Trust interview that President Buhari personally selected Bawa out of the four names recommended to him, because he “has held various authorities, inclusive of serving in various divisions as the head of operations, including Port Harcourt, Lagos, and Ibadan which are adjudged to be the high point.” In his word,
“I am happy that most of the comments made are not on his capacity, intelligence, competence and associated ability to deliver. His capacity to deliver was never questioned across the nation.
“The question is whether justice has been served, whether public interest has been served having the chairman appointed with a particular regard to his capacity and ability to deliver.
“My answer is yes. He has the capacity, ability and institutional history of the institution to do justice by way of bringing about added value.”