Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has asked Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), to allow Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to discharge his duties.

The AGF said this in response to comments credited to Sagay.

The PACAC chairman had said Malami would interfere with the duties of Bawa.

Bawa was confirmed by the senate on Wednesday.

In a statement on Thursday, Umar Gwandu, media aide to Malami, quoted the minister as describing the comments made by Sagay as “the highest of confusion”.

The AGF asked why the PACAC chairman would show “great optimism” with the appointment of Bawa and also be pessimistic at the same time.

“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,” the minister said.

“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.”