As the tenure of IGP Mohammed Adamu expires, the Presidency says the appointment of the next Inspector-General of Police will not be based on ethnic considerations.
Garba Shehu, a media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Monday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, claiming that it is impracticable for top security appointments to be made based on factors such as ethnicity or regions.
According to him, the appointment will be based on who can best help to protect lives and properties across the country.
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,” he said. “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?”
“The President will rather have an Inspector-General of Police who will make you and I safer, protect life and property than one who is more pronounced by his tribal marks.”
Garba added that there was no date set, yet, for the announcement of a new Inspector-General of Police.
He is not aware of the imminent announcement of a new police chief, he said.
“The President returns to Abuja on Tuesday.
“He should be on his desk by Wednesday. I don’t know when he will do this. One thing I can assure you is that in places sensitive like that, there is no vacuum that will subsist, so therefore the system will take care of itself.”