Following the pressure being mounted on him to appoint a new Inspector-General of Police to replace retiring IGP Ibrahim Idris, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that “I don’t think I’m afraid of him (Idris)”.
The umbrella body of some opposition parties in the country, Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, had alleged that Buhari is adamant on retaining Idris beyond his legal tenure because he is drilling a special force to help the ruling party rig the 2019 elections.
“We wonder why the President acknowledges that failure and inability of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to maintain law and order by deploying the military in one breathe and yet in another is neck deep in the plot to extend the tenure of the IGP,” it said.
IGP Ibrahim Idris, who was expected to retire on January 3 after completing a mandatory 35 years in service is still at his job. But Buhari, in a recorded interview that was aired by Arise TV Monday night, has now assured that; “I will take action”.
He went on to accuse the governments of Benue and Taraba States of giving the killings in their states religious and ethnic undertones.
The President said, “You talked of Zamfara and Benue and Plateau, You haven’t mentioned Taraba. The problem which I think are you, the press, television, radio and so on is stabilise the country and ask for responsible reportage and leadership.
“The number of people killed in Taraba and Benue is not up to the number killed in Zamfara state. But then what the leadership of Benue and Taraba was reporting – I may not be reading every article – they were giving it religious and ethnic [undertone] which is very unfair to Nigeria.”