The Oasis Reporters
March 13, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari’s cold reception in Makurdi and his palley with stakeholders gave him an inkling of what some of his selfish service chiefs could be up to. He has revealed that he is not aware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, left Benue State for Nasarawa State after he was instructed to relocate to the state, thus disobeying his orders.
The President said this on Monday during a meeting with some stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The President, on January 9, ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately move to Benue State to restore law and order and prevent further loss of lives and properties, due to attacks by herdsmen in the state.
Although the IGP visited Benue after the President’s directive, the state government accused him of spending only one day in the state and then proceeding to Nasarawa State where he spent several days.
This generated a war of words between the governor and the IGP which got the attention of the Senate, especially after the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Moshood Jimoh, described the governor as a drowning man.
“What I did was to call him and gave him a directive. And I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend time and then moved to Nasarawa,” the President lamented.
“It’s only now that I am knowing that. But I know I dispatched him here.
“At every level, you have to be loyal to people below you. Whether that person is loyal to you or not is totally a different thing.
“The easiest thing for me was to go on air and accuse the IGP of being too slow and not using the intelligence and resources available to him to foresee the action of the cattle rearers and so on. People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that.”
The President however, assured the people of Benue that he cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria saying he is genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.
With this revelation, what remains to be seen is the next action of the President. Would he for instance, reward disloyalty or deal with it as to discourage such in the future?
Is the IGP so indispensable that this matter that caused so much acrimony would be overlooked?
At a point, the people of Benue accused the Inspector General of Police of acting as spokesperson for MACBAN (Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association), thereby portraying him as an interested party, whereas his office ought to be neutral as to inspire confidence in a situation where impartiality ought to be the norm.