Acting IGP, be a difference maker
Sir: The allegiance of any Inspector General of Police is to the President that appointed him or her. This one will not be different. Put bluntly, the allegiance of most northern Nigerian elite is to their caliphate leadership not to Nigerian state.
Most of the optimism expressed here by The Guardian in this Editorial are just wishful thinking. We must clean our bed before lying on it. First things first! We must collectively agree to define the Nigeria of our dreams. All other things will fall in place thereafter.
Good to know that: “Section 215 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) provides that “an Inspector-General of Police shall be appointed by the President…on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council…” Under the Third Schedule, Part I, L (27) and (28), the Nigeria Police Council comprises the President as chairman, the governor of each state of the Federation, the chairman of the Police Service Commission and the Inspector-General of Police. Its functions include “the organisation and administration of the Nigeria Police Force and all other matters relating thereto…advising the President on the appointment of the Inspector General of Police.”
But did the President follow the constitution before appointing the acting IGP? We have read that the acting IGP is experienced but I don’t understand the culture of picking a younger officer to lead and retiring other senior experienced ones? To me, it is a waste of human resources for an organisation that needs process engineering.
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