Abba’s Confirmation As IGP Reward For Partisanship -GroupFeatured, Latest News Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
By Ayo Balogun and Oyewale Oyelola
“Coming within the same week in which Mr. Abba openly supported the ruling party by withdrawing the security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal who defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition’s All Progressives Party (APC), the confirmation of Mr. Sulaiman Abba as the chief police officer of Nigeria comes across as badly timed, insensitive and provocative.”
A Muslim group named the Muslim Rights Concern stated this in a statement issued and signed by its executive director Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement further reads:
“In spite of the outcry against the illegal, partisan and unprofessional action of Mr. Abba, Mr. President has chosen to reward mediocrity. Like many other actions of President Jonathan, this confirmation is another manifestation of impunity and lack of concern for public opinion.
“It further confirms the allegation that Aso Rock has been consistent in pursuing divisive ploys. It is only natural to expect no free and fair election in 2015 under an IGP who is openly overzealous about serving his boss and who has thrown professionalism to the winds.
“We suspect that even the much publicized cease-fire agreement was designed to give the president a conducive atmosphere for the expression of interest in a second term in office. The fallout of this hocus-pocus is what we are presently witnessing, namely, the speedy overrunning of key cities and villages in Adamawa by the Boko Haram insurgents and the extension of the tentacles of terror to Gombe State.
“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) reminds the IGP of his primary responsibility, viz, to protect lives and properties. The IGP should also note that his loyalty must be to the Nigerian nation and not to any individual, no matter how highly placed.
The Council of State on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of acting Mr. Sulaiman Abba, as the substantive Inspector-General of Police.
The announcement was made after the Council of State meeting presided over President Goodluck Jonathan at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Jonathan on August 1, 2014 appointed Mr. Sulaiman Abba as Acting IGP after the retirement of Mr. Muhammed Abubakar.
Abba who joined Nigerian Police Force in 1984 was born in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State on March 22, 1958. He studied History as his first degree and later studied Law as second degree.
The IGP served as Aide de Camp to Mariam Abacha, wife of the late military dictator Gen. Sani Abacha.
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