IGP Appointment Won’t be Based on Ethnicity– Presidency
The presidency in Nigeria on Monday said ethnicity would not be a factor in the appointment of a new Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, explained during a chat on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily that though there is no date set for the announcement, when the appointment is eventually made, it would not be determined by ethnicity.
The present IGP, Mohammed Adamu, was expected to have left office on Monday, haven attained the retirement age.
Shehu said he is not aware of the imminent announcement of a new police chief adding that “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.
He added that “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.”
Intensive lobbying have been reported to be ongoing, as most of the eligible assistant inspectors-general of police have ignited high-level contacts to push for their appointment.
There are insinuations that the current IGP also nurses the ambition to have his tenure extended, and is making efforts to realise what security observers called ‘a remote’ possibility.
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