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Benue indigenes were hostile to Buhari, IGP – Arewa Youths



Benue indigenes were hostile to Buhari, IGP – Arewa Youths

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, has accused Benue indigenes of being hostile to President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to the state.

The group in a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said the IGP might have left the state because of the hostility shown to him and President Muhammadu Buhari during the stakeholder’s forum by Governor Samuel Ortom and Benue people.

Defending the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for not spending more than 24 hours in Makurdi the Benue state capital said the same hostility was extended to the embattled IGP.

The statement also added that even though the Police Boss was not in Makurdi, he spent more days at Goma, Logo and Rijiin, all of which are in the same Benue state.

The group, therefore, charge the president to resist the temptation of sanctioning or sacking the police Boss, adding that many people are envious of his achievements in the force.

Part of the statement said, “It has come to our notice that certain vested interests in the country are after the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for selfish reasons.

” We wonder why those trying to set President Buhari against the IGP pretend that there is a difference between Makurdi and Benue. This is how cheap propaganda starts.

” IGP Idris may not have spent more than 24hrs in Makurdi because of the open hostilities shown to him and President Buhari during the stakeholders meeting by Gov Ortom and his co-travellers in the latest anti-IGP campaign”.

The group also said, “They (Benue indigenes) have conveniently forgotten that he (IGP) spent more days at the 3 flashpoints of Goma, Logo and Rijiin, all of which are in the same Benue state.

” It is also on record that since then, the DIG operations has been stationed in Benue from where he is briefing the IGP. The IGP went the extra-mile to blaze another trail, by stretching his operations to Nasarawa State, which also has IDPs. The IGP visited the Nasarawa and addressed a stakeholders meeting right there, before returning to Abuja to brief the President on the eve of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day” the statement said.

The youths also insisted that, “it is not only mischievous but wicked to say the IGP disregarded the President’s directive.

” For the records, we wish to categorically state that the IGP has blazed a trail in policing Nigeria, in addition to introducing a culture of professionalism in the Force. Therefore, we admonish President Muhammad Buhari to re-consider the possibility of sanctioning the IGP on the basis of systematic propaganda by Gov Ortom and his co-travellers.

“It is our conviction that President Muhammad Buhari would do well to ignore the politically-motivated rantings of vested interests by refusing to sack a hard working gentleman who is set to break record in policing Nigeria and introducing cutting-edge police operational strategy for our nation. This is our candid advice for the President”.

They further said, the “IGP’s uncompromising war on crime and speedy standardization of the Force operations, is bound to create envy and deliberate misunderstanding by the mischievous interest groups in the country”.

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  1. Nk

    March 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Nnamdi KANU was right. We will never stand unless we divide

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