Fulani herdsmen: Why IGP Idris should be sacked – HURIWA
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called for the dismissal of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris over his poor handling of the Fulani, farmers crises in some states.
HURIWA gave the call in reaction to Idris statement blaming the passage of the anti-open grazing laws in Benue and Taraba States for the violence between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA demanded the IGP’s dismissal for “crass incompetence and compromise” for his highly “insensitive and irresponsible conclusions.”
The statement reads, “It seems to us axiomatic that the Inspector General of Police has by these senselessly irresponsible assertions, clearly and unambiguously demonstrated to Nigerians that he is not ready and willing to carry out his duties in compliance with constitutional provisions but is only out to do the biddings of a well embeded cabal within the highest echelons of the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari who are deliberately undermining the national security interests of Nigeria by encouraging and indeed masterminding the monumental compromise of national security of the nation to massage the Ethnic ego of Fulani herdsmen who share Ethno-religious affiliations with the majority of the members of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s national security team. We find these blatant disrespect to the constitutional oaths of office sworn to by the President and Heads of the different security forces not only disturbing but capable of planting and sparking long drawn inter-Ethnic warfare in Nigeria if these tendencies aren’t checked and effectively stopped.
“These statements from an Inspector General of Police whose office has failed to prevent the comprehensive attacks waged against farmers by armed Fulani herdsmen shows that it is time to sack him from his post since he is completely overwhelmed by the armed killer Fulani herdsmen and has been railroaded to come up with an untenable and senseless statements to justify the January 1st pogroms in Benue state and the massacres of thousands of innocent Nigerians in the North Central states”.
HURIWA has also called on the National Assembly to investigate the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Services, Alhaji Muhammed Babandede for allegedly attending a North West caucus meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna.
The meeting which was called at the instance of the Jigawa State governor during which Buhari was endorsed for a second term.
According to HURIWA, the Comptroller General of Immigration is purportedly gunning for a senate position in the next year’s general election.
HURIWA said:” We find it shocking and indeed a national embarrassment of catastrophic consequences that a section of the media captured the Head of Nigeria’s Immigration Service allegedly attending a political party meeting even when as a uniformed para-military officer heading a strategic national security post he is not legally allowed to attend such a partisan and political meeting. Any wonder then that the Nigerian Immigration Services under this current dispensation has failed to stop the inflow of illegal immigrants masquerading as herdsmen who are fully armed and are alleged to be amongst those hired mercenaries carrying out well coordinated violent attacks of farming communities dominated by Northern Christian minorities.
“How are safe with this card carrying party man as head of immigration in a complex society that have in the past witnessed millions of foreigners from neighbouring Niger Republic who allegedly obtained Nigeria’s passports, voters’ cards and had actually voted in much of the past elections?
” Can this politician in uniform stop foreign voters from infiltrating the nation since they may become merceneries for the All progressives congress which controls the states that share borders with Niger, Chad and Northern Cameroon?
” This revelation carried in the media alleging the attendance of the Comptroller General of Immigration service in Nigeria together with the self centred and selfish reasons advanced by both the minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali a retired Major General who is Hausa/Fulani and a Moslem by affiliations, the Inspector General of Police a Nupe Niger State Nothern Nigerian born officer are manifestations of the presence of persons with selfish and sectional agenda manning all the strategic national security positions under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This compromised national security team members can never be patriotic enough to exercise their constitutional roles with altruism and love of nation. These persons are too sectional and partisan to be competently able and willing to behave like statesmen.
“This government must make hay whilst the sun shines to avoid leading Nigeria to a long drawn out civil wars. These compromised piliticians heading national security pisitions must be fired for peace and security to be assured”.