President Muhammad Buhari on Monday claimed that he did not know that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directive to relocate to Benue State during the crisis in which dozens of people were killed.
Despite reports in newspapers over the fact that Idris refused to relocate to Benue, Mr. Buhari told stakeholders in a meeting in Makurdi on Monday during his official visit to the state that he was unaware of it.
Pesident Buhari had ordered Idris to relocate to the state in January in the height of the Benue killings, but the IG spent only one day and left.
Buhari said, “I did not know that IG did not stay in the state.”
He added that he abandoned the people of the state in their trying moments, as many people think.
“I have friends here in the state, there is no way I can deliberately overlook what is happening here and other parts of the country.
“Let me appeal to our people in the state to apply more restraint, the relationship between farmers and herders will continue, it behoves on us to keep encouraging ourselves to continue to live together peacefully,” the President said.