Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has demanded for an explanation on the decision by President Goodluck Jonathan to relief Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, of his appointment few day after the conduct of the general elections.
In a statement by it Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, which was made available to cyboknews in Abuja, MURIC described the development as very curious, considering the fact that no reasons were given for the sack.
“Firstly, Sulaiman Abba is not due for retirement until March 22, 2019. Sacking such a high profile service chief without any justifiable casus belli raises more questions than answers. Secondly, it is quite unusual for an outgoing regime to embark on this type of exercise like sacking service chiefs and appointing new ones.
“The implication is that the hands of the incoming administration are being tied and its manoeuvres being restrained. The incoming regime is being saddled with unnecessary and avoidable human liabilities. It is our contention that President Jonathan owes Nigerians lots of explanations about the raison d’etre for this eleventh hour replacement of a service chief,” it said.
The Muslim group added that “tongues have already started wagging whether President Jonathan is really getting ready to handover.”
“If so, why is he in a hurry to appoint a new IG for the incoming regime? Why should an IG be sacked shortly after the ruling party lost a general election? Is it that he did not ‘play ball’ during the elections? Did he refuse to obey illegal commands? These questions are very vital because the opposition had alleged that the Nigerian government relied on using security agencies to thwart the will of the Nigerian people.
MURIC therefore tasks Mr. President to reveal the offence or offences committed by Mr. Sulaiman Abba. This matter must come to the public court of the Nigerian people who are the end-users and tax-payers. Mr. President must assure Nigerians that he is not just destroying peoples’ careers because he is on his way out,” it said.