President Buhari says he had no Idea IGP Idris Flouted his Directive & Left Benue
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he had no idea the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, flouted his orders and did not stay in Benue State, Punch reports.
Buhari said this on his visit to Benue State to sympathise with the people for all of the lives lost in the farmers/herders clashes.
Buhari met with the herdsmen association Miyetti Allah, and appealed with the people in the state to apply restraint.
On January 9, the President had ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately move to Benue State to restore law and order and prevent further loss of lives and properties, from escalating and spreading in the state. Although Mr Idris obeyed the President’s directive, he reportedly left Benue State for Nassarwa State.
Addressing stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi, the President said he is just learning of the alleged noncompliance by the IGP but as a loyal leader, he will engage the IGP for inquires upon his return to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
I did not know that IG did not stay in the state.
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.
Buhari made this explanation following demands by Governor Samuel Ortom that the IGP steer clear of partisan politics as a Police Chief and desist from holding an opinion on which law to implement or not. Buhari said further that as a leader’s loyalty is very important. The President said he operates with this watchword. According to him, the IGP is slow in using the intelligence and resources available to him but as a loyal leader, all he did was give the directive to the IGP instead of publicly exposing his incompetence.