BENUE CRISIS: Buhari’s Visit And His Big Goof
The other day, President Buhari visited Benue state and all we expected was that he would stick to condoling with victims of the latest attacks.
But he just had to give us something to talk about.
He said that he is not aware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ignored his instruction to relocate to Benue State in January.
“But I did not know that the IG did not stay in the state. I am getting to know this at this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.
We were thrown aback! It took the Commander-In-Chief a visit to the state and verbal complaints from the elders to know that?
And then, he had to say it publicly that he did not know what the head of his police force had been up to?
Nigerians are not impressed and one of them is Public Affairs Analyst, Prof. Femi Otubanjo, who spoke on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
“I was embarrassed by that statement. Unfortunately, I have become cynical to the way government operates in this country.
“A president ought not to say that, quite honestly. The idea was to pacify the Benue people and pass the buck on the IG. Its politics but it’s not clever politics,” he said.
Yes, it was OK to be truthful but how does a public declaration that the IG disobeyed him serve any purpose?