Buhari’s Weakness In Firing Aides, Meets IGP Idris With No Statement Issued

The Oasis Reporters

March 14, 2018


President Buhari (top right) says the Police chief, Ibrahim Idris (top left) disobeyed his orders to relocate to Benue, thereby confirming what Gov. Ortom(bottom left) said.

President Muhammadu Buhari had told Benue State stakeholders that he has to be loyal to subordinates, but if they refuse to be loyal to him, it was their own cup of tea.

As a follow up, the presidency on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for questioning over why he breached President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to relocate to Benue following the January 1 killings in the state as a move to forestall further attacks.

President Buhari received Idris in a private audience. And Idris left about 30 minutes after without speaking to pressmen.

However, when President Buhari who was on an official visit to Benue on Monday in continuation of his tour of troubled areas in the country was told by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue that the Inspector-General refused to obey his directive, he expressed surprise over the issue.

Ortom alleged that Idris only spent 24 hours in Benue, and later moved to neighbouring Nasarawa state.

“The president demanded for a full report on police operations till date after which he will make further decisions”, a source told NAN.

“”There is a renewed resolve to make sure that the killings and bad security situation in Benue State abates,’’ the source further said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu confirmed the meeting but refused to disclose details, which contrasted sharply with no nonsense President Donald Trump’s action who promptly fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson via twitter, right after his meeting with Buhari in Abuja.

It probably was a subtle way of telling President Buhari that you don’t keep non performing and disagreeable aides around you unnecessarily. Buhari’s ministers have overwhelmingly performed below par on corruption, security, political and economic indexes. Yet he still retains them even if they are outrightly disloyal.

Meanwhile the security situation continues to be perplexing to Nigerian security watchers, and the economy continues to flounder miserably, as Ghana takes centre stage to become the world’s Number 1 destination for Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, Nigeria’s former position under former President Goodluck Jonathan that it lost within six months of President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office in a presidential election that the International community largely embraced.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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