Inside sources close to the president elect, Muhammadu Buhari has whispered to secret reporters news that Justice Ayo Salami, the erstwhile court of appeal president who delivered the judgement in Ekiti and Osun states that saw to the spread of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Nigeria, which metamorphosed into the All Progressives Congress(APC) , is to be announced as the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Which according to security sources, his name has been submitted to the relevant security agencies for screening, and is to be forwarded to the National Assembly also for screening as soon as the 8th National Assembly is constituted and for onward confirmation by the president.
The choice of Justice Salami has been predicated on having contributed in giving a favourable judgement to Tinubu, who is the National Leader of APC and has made a case for the selection of Salami as the EFCC Boss.
Feelers from the Tinubu’s camp indicates that they are favourably disposed to Salami who is a southerner to a Northerner who was earlier tipped to be the chairman.
Indications are ripe that Buhari may give in to the demands of Justice Salami emerging the EFCC Boss as he has other means of getting corrupt officials in Nigeria other than the EFCC.
It is left to see in the coming days how Buhari and Tinubu’s relationship will go, in the distribution of sensitive offices to perceived loyalists and party faithfuls.
Justice Salami will be the fourth EFCC Chairman since the commission was first established by then president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Isa Ayo Salami was born on 15 October, 1943 in Ganma, Kwara State. He was enrolled in Lyeru Okin African Church School, Offa in 1949. There he moved on to St. Cyprians Catholic School, Offa, and later Offa Grammar School. Salami then attended Provincial Secondary School (Rumfs College), Kano, from where he graduated in 1963.
By the following year Salami had enrolled in the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He attended that prestigious University for nearly three years and continued on to Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1967-1968. During this time, Salami proved to be an advanced student who quickly earned a Bachelor of Law (LL.B).
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been perceived by many as a tool to witch hunt political opponents and foes by any present administration in Nigeria.
It is believed that Salami’s emergence will change the dwindling face of the EFCC that has failed to get convictions for individuals and groups having corrupt cases in the courts for the better part of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration due to the outgoing administration’s weak challenge of corruption cases.
Justice Salami is expected to breath a new life into EFCC and change the fortune of the commission already seen as too weak by Nigerians to prosecute cases in courts.