Retired IGP still in office, plot underway to rob South-East position
By Chukwuemerie Anyene
Depite marginalization of South-East in Nigeria’s security architecture, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, had not been straightforward on wheather the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP) would come from the zone.
As Mohammed Adamu attained retirement age today and was expected to have left office as IGP, it was not clear if nepotism and favouritism would continue to define present Nigeria security architecture.
Shehu, who tried to cover up lopsidedness in what he called “over 250 ethnic groups” in the country, failed to give valid reasons for centralizing service chiefs on mostly one ethnic group or north.
“If we say we are going to use ethnicity or region as the basis, then we have lost it. This is about law and order, it is not about ethnic identity. This country finished with tribalism in the 1960s, why are we back to it now?” he asked.
His statement appeared to have denied that the 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria are subsumed into six geopolitical zones, out of which South-East had no place in security since the inception of the present administration.
“But if you have two, three positions – look at what happened with the service chiefs just appointed: two from the South, two from the North. If you are talking about religion, two Muslims, two Christians. So what do you want again?” he querried.
Recall that Nigeria has a lot of military and paramilitary agencies that no South-East is among their service chiefs.
Agencies with no South-East as their service chiefs include: Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Correctional Center, Road Safety, Immigration, Fire Service, Department of State Security Service, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Custom Services, National Center for Disease Control, Federal Inland Revenue, Seaport Authority, Federal Airport Authority, and many others.