- The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) says those calling for the sack of Ibrahim Idris are mischievous and selfish
- Yerima Shettima, head of AYCF, claims Idris spent more days in Benue than was claimed by Governor Ortom and others
- The group pleads with President Muhammadu Buhari to understand that Idris was doing his best to combat insecurity in Nigeria
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has accused the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, and some elements of being behind the calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.
The AYCF, through its national president, Yerima Shettima, said it was concerned that vested interests wanted Idris sacked for their selfish reasons.
“The IGP's uncompromising war on crime and speedy standardisation of the force operations, is bound to create envy and deliberate misunderstanding by the mischievous interest groups in the country,” the AYCF said as it wondered why those trying to set President Buhari against the Idris pretend that there is a difference between Makurdi and Benue.
The group said even though IGP Idris may not have spent more than 24 hours in Makurdi because of alleged hostilities shown to him during the stakeholders meeting by Governor Ortom and others in the campaign, the police boss spent more days at the three flash points 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.
“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.
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“Therefore, we admonish President Muhammad Buhari to re-consider the possibility of sanctioning his IGP on the basis of systematic propaganda by Governor Ortom and his co-travellers,” the youths said expressing optimism that Buhari would understand that Idris was working hard to curtail insecurity.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Femi Adesina, the spokesperson to Muhammadu Buhari, said that the president would ask the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, questions on why he flouted his relocation order to Benue state as alleged.
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