The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has faulted the three-month extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Naija News reports that the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, announced on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari had extended Adamu’s tenure by three months.
Speaking to State House correspondents, the minister said the extension was to allow the proper selection of a successor and proper handover.
He had said: “Mr President has decided that the present IGP, Mohammed Adamu, will continue to serve as the IG for the next three months, to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IG.
“This is not unconnected to the desire of Mr President to, not only have a smooth handover but to also ensure that the right officer is appointed into that position.
“Mr President is extending by three months to allow him to get into the process of allowing a new one.”
But in an interview with Daily Trust on Thursday night, the Spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said the tenure extension of Adamu is a big disappointment to Nigerians all over the world.
He said that Buhari’s action has shown that he encourages and condones people staying in duty posts beyond the dates that are statutorily expected of them.
Baba-Ahmed also condemned the excuse given by the President and the Police Affairs Minister for the tenure extension of Adamu as the IGP.
He said: “The president had all the time in the world, he knew the former IG was going to retire, he knew that there is a process for which a new IG should be appointed and so, extending his term by another three months under the excuse that he needs time to consider who will succeed him is disappointing.”
“By extending Adamu’s tenure, Buhari is seen to encourage and condone people staying in duty posts beyond the dates that are statutorily expected of them adding that such action causes a lot of problems.
“It affects morale, it affects careers of those below him (IG) and there is no reason and no excuse for this. Obviously, this is going to be a big disappointment for Nigerians.”