President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday refused to say categorically if the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will continue in office or will be asked to retire as demanded by majority of Nigerians, who have lost confidence in the police chief.
When asked in an interview aired on Arise TV about speculations that he is toying with the idea of extending Mr. Idris tenure till after the elections, Mr. Buhari laughed it off and mocked those threatening to take action against him if he refused to sack Idris.
The President said, “I don’t think I am afraid of him. And I don’t think I have asked him to mount roadblocks in place such that I’ll lose revenue (if he goes). But I’ll take action.”
Nevertheless, he added that removing service chiefs or the IG during a time of insecurity is a sensitive matter.
Mr. Idris clocked the retirement age of 60 on Jan 3rd and Nigerians have been clamouring for him to go.
Some school of thought argue that from that date, his continous stay as IGP is unconstitutional, since the constitution only envisages a serving police officer in that position.
Mr. Buhari’s refusal to give a definite answer to such a simple question of national importance, lends credence to the rumour that he is contemplating extending the IGP’s tenure.