“I’m Not Afraid Of IGP… I’ll Take Action” – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he is not scared of Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), stating that he’ll take action when its necessary.
Idris, who was expected to retire on January 3, after completing a mandatory 35 years in service, is still at his job.
And many have called on the president to relieve him of his duties.
The president said this in a recorded interview that was aired by Arise TV on Monday night.
According to him, “the head [him] has to be very careful because you don’t know [the] ambition of the ones coming up.”
He said the performance of the service chiefs may be disappointing but he takes responsibility for not changing them.
His words: “My understanding of security is that, when you have a case of emergency, you have to be careful, with tampering with the head of services. This is again one of my personal experiences. I have been a governor, I have been a minister, I have been a head of state, I came back, I tried to come back to this office three times but lucky on the fourth time.”
“I am measuring the options critically, when you have a case of emergency, if you don’t wait for an appropriate time to do it, then you create competition within the service, there are so many ambitious people waiting, only one man can be chief of army staff in the army, only one man can be the inspector-general of police. Don’t forget that it was this administration that appointed all the three.”
“I didn’t know them on [a] personal basis, I followed records and thought I picked the best then, of course, their performance may be disappointing but I accept responsibility for not changing them. My reason is based on my own experience.”
When asked specifically about the IGP, the president said: “I don’t think I’m afraid of him. I will take action.”
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