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  • • Says New Police IG Will be based On Job Competence

By Janet Bassey (Governance Reporter)

The Presidency, on Monday, said that the appointment of Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari will never be based on ethnic, religious, or sundry considerations.

It also said that the appointment of the new Inspector General of Police who will replace the current retiring IGP Muhammed Adamu will be based on the competence of such an appointee to make Nigeria and Nigerians safe and peaceful.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained this when he appeared on Channel's Television Sunrise Daily. He said, "If you are going to appoint the service chiefs from every ethnic group in this country, you are going to have more than 250 Inspector-General of Police, 250 Chief of Army Staff, 250 Chief of Naval Staff".

“It’s not going to work like that. And they have their own systems of producing leadership. If we say we are going to use ethnicity or region as the basis, then we have lost it. This is about law and order, it is not about ethnic identity. This country finished with tribalism in the 1960s, why are we back to it now?

“But if you have two, three positions – look at what happened with the service chiefs just appointed: two from the South, two from the North. If you are talking about religion, two Muslims, two Christians. So what do you want again?", Shehu stated.

As the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, quits office on Monday after clocking the mandatory thirty-five years in service, there are conflicting reports about who succeeds Adamu. There has been intense pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari not to appoint an IGP successor from the North. The Igbos of southeast Nigeria have lately been canvassing for the appointment of Igboman for the police top job.

The retirement of IGP Adamu is coming on the heels of the appointment of new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

Garba Shehu told Channels Television during the Sunrise Daily program, that President Buhari "will rather have an Inspector-General of Police who will make you and I safer, protect life and property, than have someone who is more pronounced by his tribal marks,” he added. NNL.


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