HAND-OVER: Former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba (right), handing over the Force flag to Acting Inspector-General, Mr Solomon Arase, in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
By Kelechukwu Iruoma
A group of Northern youths under the aegis of North-East Youth Peace Development Empowerment Initiative (NYPDEI) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to sack the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, considering his excellent performance in office since April this year.
The National President, NYPDEI, Alhaji Kyari Abubakar made the appeal, yesterday, while reacting to recent publications in the media that President Muhammadu Buhari may review some appointments made by former President Goodluck Jonathan after the presidential elections in March this year.
Solomon Arase was appointed IGP by President Jonathan after the sack of Suileman Abba.
Abubakar stated that though Arase was not appointed by President Buhari, the IGP has proved that he is capable of doing the job judging by his performance in the past six months.
He said: “Though it is true that Arase was appointed during President Jonathan’s last days in office, he has demonstrated competence in handling the security situation of the country. The security situation of the country under Arase has improved tremendously which the president must consider before making any decision.
“There is no need to replace a competent hand like Arase, who has been working tirelessly to ensure total security of the country,” he said.
He further stated that the country has witnessed a lot of improvement in security since the past six months, adding that the people of North East believe the security of the region would be better with Arase as IGP.
Abubakar described the role played by the police under Arase in the rescue of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, who was abducted recently by unknown gun men as legendary.
“While it is necessary for President Buhari to review some of the last day appointments of former President, President Buhari should critically assess the performance of Arase in the last six months as IGP before taking any decision on him,” he said.