The new Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police has been linked to religious extremism after recommendations by a probe panel urged for his dismissal or forced retirement from the force.
Nigerians across the world are expressing fears that President Goodluck Jonathan new choice may have made a miscalculation on the general premise that dogs are always weary of faeces, and that the newly picked Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed D Abubakar is a security misfit who may create more headache for the government in view of his extreme religious leaning as a Sharia advocate.
Investigation have shown that the new IG was once recommended for early retirement because of his affiliation to Sharia doctrine .
Abubakar was seriously indicted and recommended for dismissal from the Nigerian Police Force by the Justice Niki Tobi Panel for aiding and abetting the killing of Christians in Jos during a religious crisis in 2001.
The Justice Niki Tobi panel constituted in September 2001 by State former Governor, Joshua Dariye, on the Jos crisis had recommended the retirement of MD Abubakar from the Police force.
He was also indicted in the airport bomb cover-up during Sanni Abacha’s regime in which one Dr Omoshola was killed.
In a White Paper released in Jos, the panel recommended that the then Police Commissioner Abubakar should be dismissed if he refused to retire.
The panel said: “Religious fanatics should not be posted to head state police commands. The commission recommends that for his ignoble role during the September 2001 crisis which resulted in the loss of many lives, the former Commissioner of Police, in Plateau State Command, Alhaji M.D. Abubakar, be advised to retire from the Nigeria Police Force and in the event of his refusal to do so, he should be dismissed from the service.”
Abubakar from Zamfara State who was indicted twice again between 2004 and 2006 by a Jos crises Panel, is alleged to have sponsored some Islamist Militant Group when he was Commissioner of Police in Bauchi and Plateau States.
Ironically,President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Wednesday approved Mr. Abubakar’s as Nigeria’s Acting Inspector General of Police.
The government said his appointment was a first step towards the comprehensive reorganization and repositioning of the Nigeria Police Force to make it more effective and capable of meeting emerging internal security challenges.
Mr. Abubakar, was an Assistant Inspector General of Police and has been appointed to replaced Mr. Hafiz Ringim who proceeds on terminal leave with effect from Wednesday, 25th January 2012.
Also approving the retirement of All Assistant Inspector General who served under Ringim, the President established a Special Committee to oversee the urgent reorganization of the Nigeria Police Force.
The committee is to be chaired by the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Parry B.O Osayande, DIG (rtd).
Condemning the choice of the President, former Nigeria Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode who has been an advocate for the shake- up of the nation’s Security system described Abubakars appointment as a big joke saying President Jonathan must have leaped before jumping as the appointment betrayed the expectations of the generality of Nigerians, who had fought whole heartedly to dislodge our nation from religious fundamentalism.
He denoted that fundamentalist taking important positions in the nations body polity demeans the wish of the generality of Nigerians who may live under the scourge of a new fear.
“I commend Mr. President for removing the former I-G of police Hafiz Ringim and all the DIG’s and for replacing him with an AIG. I do however have grave reservations about the new Acting I-G of Police Abubakar who appears to be yet another closet muslim fundamentalist just as is the Governor of Central Bank Sanusi Lamido Sanusi”, Fani Kayode wrote on his Facebook wall.
Femi Fani-Kayode expressed the fear that the Christian community may see the new appointment as a slap in their faces.
Social network users continue to question the rationale behind the appointment claiming it may signal a dangerous trend in the future of the nation’s new security strategy to wipe off fundamentalism.
A concerned Nigerian who spoke extensively in London expressed the fear that a Leopard would never change from its colours saying that Boko may be feeling more cushioned by Abubakar’s appointment.
However, many expressed the views that Abubakar’s appointment was strategic and that he was chosen as an experienced religious activist to enable him tackle the Boko Haram problem with precision and expertise. The source said no one else could have been fit for the job at this point in time to safe the nation’s from the current northern terrorism situation.