Joint Northern Youth Applaud  Appointment Of Hafsat  Bakari As CEO Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit 

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), which is the umbrella body of all Youth of Northern extraction in Nigeria and abroad, on Thursday, February 22, 2023  at the end of a Joint Northern Youth Meeting held in Kaduna, comprising of Northern Youth-Based Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, Pressure 

Groups, Faith-Based Organisations, applauded President Bola Tinubu for  approving the appointment of Ms. Hafsat Abubakar Bakari as the 

Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit  (NFIU).

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by AYF Chairman Board of Trustees, Hon. Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu  and  National President, Ahmed Mohammed Zagi, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday February 23, 2024.

“We are using this medium to solidly affirm that this appointment is not only  worthy, but goes in tandem with the President’s resolve of giving Nigerians  a renewed hope across board.

“The group also believes that Hafsat given by  her excellent pedigree is right person for the job and a daughter of the soil who has risen through the rank and file of the Agency,” it said.

AYF which issued the statement on behalf of the groups, added, “As  we all know, before her appointment, she served as Deputy Director at  the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and was at different times the Head  of the General Services Unit; Head of the Strategy and Reorientation Unit,  and Head of the Board Secretariat of the Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission (EFCC)”.

The group explained that professionally wise, Hafsat is a lawyer and financial intelligence expert with  years of experience in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing,  and counter-proliferation financing (AML/CFT/CPF).

“There is no better time to have such an apt appointment as now.

 “We  sincerely thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and have no doubt that the  newly appointed CEO,will bring her wealth of experience and expertise to full discharge in this critical role, especially in view of this administration’s war against illicit financial flow and other sharp practices currently prevalent in segments of the nation’s foreign exchange markets and other dealings as perpetrated by government officials,” the group added.

They also prayed for God to bless President Tinubu and the NFIU CEO.

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