An Islamic human rights organization known as “Muslims Rights Concern”, MURIC, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, beyond the election period.

 

According to the DAILY POST, the President of MURIC, Ishaq Akintola said appointing a new IGP around this election period will not augur well with the country as the police force needs stability and continuity in an electioneering period.

 

Idris was appointed as the IGP on 21st March, 2016 and his tenure expired on 3rd January, 2019 after completing the mandatory 35 years in active service.

 

In the statement released, Akintola said: “Election period is a very sensitive period. Anything can happen and we all know the kind of security challenges our country is facing.

 

“Some instructions must have been given to the state commands. Certain arrangements must also have been made to put all police formations in a state of readiness.

 

“A new IGP around this time will naturally make one or two changes because styles differ.

 

“This may not really augur well because the police force needs stability and continuity in an electioneering period.

 

“We know that administration is a continuum but you don’t change the goal post in the middle of the game.

 

“Seasoned administrators know that unless there is a force majeure, it will be unwise to change the officer who planned a project at the point of implementation.

 

“No university will change the head of a programme on the eve of an accreditation exercise.

 

“We are perturbed by the rancorous voices of dissent over this matter. Interestingly enough, this IGP will not be the first whose tenure was extended.

 

“Chief Olusegun Obasanjo extended Sunday Ehindero’s tenure by twelve months while Musa Yaradua also extended Mike Okiro’s tenure. So what is so new this time around?

 

“Equally disturbing is the fact that it is mainly members of the opposition with their cronies, lackeys, court jesters and boot-lickers who are making the loudest calls. This does not look good enough.Are some people afraid of their own shadows?

 

“Is it the fear of past deeds? We remember that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan used the police to harass state governors.

 

“Is someone afraid of reprisals? We appear to be thinking of grabbing power at all cost. We are not thinking of Nigeria.

 

“This is exactly what is missing in our politicians today.

 

“There is acute desertification of statesmanship whereas the same politicians who are rooting for the victory for their political parties today will be the first to defect to another party whenever their personal and narrow interests are threatened.

 

“We lack loyalty, moral principle and a clearly identified political ideology.

 

“What we can see now is that politicians are only thinking of 2019 election whereas what we need are statesmen who will be thinking of Nigeria after the elections. Who did this to Nigeria?

 

“In conclusion, MURIC charges President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of IGP Ibrahim Idris far beyond the election period in order to ensure a hitch-free 2019 general elections as well as post-election stability and to ignore all protestations to the contrary.

 

“We urge Nigerian politicians to think Nigeria, to have faith in the system, to imbibe principled politicization and to inculcate a veritable political ideology,” he said.