Presidency Reacts to Calls for An Igbo Man to Be Made IG of Police




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The Presidency has broken its silence over calls for an man to be made the Inspector-General Police.

While reacting, the presidency said appointment service chiefs is not by ethnicity but by their ability to secure lives and in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Monday, was reacting to calls by interest groups in the country for an Inspector General Police South-Eastern extraction.

The calls heighten as the present , Abubakar Adamu, is expected to leave the office on Monday, having reached the mandatory age.

There were also similar demands last week when the , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), appointed four service chiefs –Major-General Leo Irabor, of Defence Staff (Delta State); Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, of Army Staff ( State); Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, of Naval Staff ( State); and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, of Air Staff (Osun State).

But Shehu said the was fair in his recent appointment of service chiefs by making appointments each the South and the North.

The Presidential spokesman spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored by The PUNCH.

He said, “The language that is being used is that there should be an service and this is a country with more than 250 ethnic groups. If you are going to appoint a service every ethnic group in this country, you are going to have more than 250 Inspector General of Police, 250 of Army Staff, 250 Chief of Naval Staff. Things are not going to work like that.

“If we said that we are going to use ethnicity or religion as the basis, then, we have lost it. This is about law and order and not about ethnic identity.

“Look at what happened with the service chiefs appointed now – the South, from the North. If you are talking about religion, , Christians.”

On the decision to be taken on Adamu reached the age today, Shehu said, “I haven’t spoken with the President but if I read his mind correctly, the President would rather have an Inspector General of Police would make you and I safer, would protect lives and than one is more pronounced by his tribal marks.”

He said the President would decide on the fate of Adamu when he returns to Aso Villa from Daura, Katsina State later this week.

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