Wednesday, 9 May 2018


According to Helen Keller, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement". Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Of a truth, they are all in every living being, that is, hope and confidence. It is only left for an individual as the case may be, to propel them into action. One such individual whose ambition exemplifies true mirror of hope and confidence is Sulaiman Bakari; an emblem of prosperity, the seat of wisdom, a go-getter per excellence, a colossus fellow and a trained trainer. The ice-breaker and a humble husband and father.

This humble man exudes in him full courage, selflessness and result-oriented engagements. He is only one, yes one, who cannot do everything, but can do something. He is one who would never refuse to do something he can do.

*It was on 27th August sometime in the 70's*, in Jalingo Local Government Area of TARABA STATE that Sulaiman Bakari was born. *Parts of his life while growing up were spent in Jalingo also spent in Gurin, Adamawa state and Kaduna, Kaduna State Nigeria*. *He is the 11th child of 19 children*, born to the highly revered Family of Alhaji Bakari Muhammed of Majidadi Ward Jalingo *(May Allah rest his soul, Ameen)* and Hajiya Fadimatu Muhammad.

Sulaiman started out on his journey of acquiring knowledge not knowing just where fortune would lead him. He acquired excellent Islamic knowledge and western education.
The track was laid from Mohammadu Tukur Primary School in Jalingo and Gurin Central Primary School in Adamawa State, in the early 80s to the early 90s respectively, where he obtained First School Leaving Certificate between 1984 and 1991. From there he proceeded to Government College Jalingo, where he obtained the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) in 1997.
The search for knowledge grew further and the unquenchable zeal to acquire more burnt in young Sulaiman. He took to the plains of academics as a duck does to water. So, when the bells of the most prestigious Northern school rang, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State, Sulaiman proceeded there. He obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 2005.As it is routine with every Nigerian, graduation beckons for service to our fatherland. As such upon successful graduation he was posted to FCT Abuja for the mandatory National Youth Service, *where he served with the National Boundary Commission* from 2006 to 2007, a service he performed diligently and uprightly.

Having completed the NYSC sometime in 2007, Sulaiman was shortlisted into the services of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as the operative of the Commission. He was afterwards trained as an Economic and Financial Crimes investigator in February 2008 and was fully commissioned in same year as an Assistant Detective Superintendent (ADS). He rose through the ranks over the period of about 10 years to become a Senior Detective Superintendent (SDS) the position he holds till date. Mr. Bakari has had the opportunity to attend so many professional courses both local and international. He was also opportune to be trained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, USA, as Fundamental Criminal Investigative Analyst, April 2015, at West Africa Regional Training Centre, Accra Ghana.
Despite the complexities of the job, he stopped at nothing, but to further developed himself academically. In 2012, he obtained a Master Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, yet again from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He is currently running another 2-year Master's Degree Programme in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), with the only Anti-Corruption Academy in the world, The International Anti-Corruption Academy, Laxenburg, Austria. 
Having worked thus far, the EFCC in 2015 deemed it fit to post Sulaiman to the National Assembly as its National Liason Officer. He resumed duty there on the 1st December, 2015 to date. His presence was felt immediately as he lobbied the relevant committees of both chambers to get more funding to the Commission and more funding to the commission's priority projects such like the EFCC headquarters, which has been under construction since the past 6 years. As a result of these efforts more funding was allocated last year, 2016 and more is expected this year, 2017. In addition to all these, he equally works round the clock to track all the pending bills before the NASS with a view to fast tracking them so as to pass them into law thereby encouraging and energize the current fight against corruption in the country.

His presence at the National Assembly equally gave him the opportunity to represent the Commission exceedingly well in most functions and engaged in numerous management programs. Most worthy of note is that while serving at the National Assembly, Sulaiman participated in some special national projects in conjunction with the leadership of the National Assembly and shared some outstanding ideas as they relate to the Current fight against Corruption in the country.
Mr. Bakari is fondly called: "the only Senator and House of Representative Member at the same time." This is no doubt connected with the fact that he represents the EFCC at both houses of the National Assembly. These assignments over the years at EFCC and the National Assembly put together has help build an enviable leadership skills in him, and this opportunity motivated his spirit. He is unequivocally capable of carrying out whatever task that may be given to him.

SB was actively involved in student activism in my undergraduate days, both at the local level of the Student Union Government; (SUG) and the national level of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS); and have since remained at the fore of the vanguard for youth development/empowerment in Nigeria. Also, through SB's political and social contacts; and the Bakari Initiative, a platform he established for the empowerment of youths of his people, he has successfully secured gainful employment for more than 50 young Tarabans in the last 5 years in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the federal government. He  has also rendered various forms of financial and logistical support to indigent and even non-indigent people of to the people Jalingo, Yorro da Zing local Government Areas and Taraba State at large.

*SB has received numerous awards one which received recently was presented with a 'Youth Achievement Award" by Youth for Change Initiative*. This is a clear pointer to the fact that the trust reposed on him was engraved with huge gains and worthy of emulation by everyone who represents a people or his organization. Their voice was clear during the award presentation, which signals a clarion call to serve even in higher capacities.

*Sulaiman Bakari, is married to Fatima from family of a well respected Diplomat; Ambassador Sani Bala*.
*Sulaiman has three kids namely*: 

(1) *Fatima Sulaiman Bakari (Zahra)*
(2) *Amina Sulaiman Bakari (Eeman)*  *and*
(3) *Sulaiman Sulaiman Bakari* *(Sameer).*

SB is a hard worker; some friends call him "workaholic." He is a go-getter and very diplomatic in pursuing things he wants to get.
Right from his boyhood days he has been an advocate of justice and fair play for all. He has equally been a leader right from time. He was a prefect in his primary and secondary schools, a student union leader at various levels during his university days. Till date he has maintained the trend, little wonder why he is described as an upright, smart, intelligent and very reliable EFCC officer.

*Ultimately, his greatest achievement from the availabile record is  maintaining his career; that requires almost the whole time in the world while sustaining a happy marriage with responsible kids*.

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