Acting IGP Usman Baba not qualified — Lawyer writes Buhari
Posted by News Express | 12 May 2021 | 805 times
•IGP Usman Alkali Baba
By SAMUEL OGIDAN, Abuja
An Abuja based legal practitioner, Barrister Silas Onu, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in respect of the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
He also drew the attention of Mr. President to the implication of appointing a legally unqualified person to such position.
The Barrister appealed to President Buhari to avoid the embarrassment of being documented as a serial law breaker in the court records by acting in accordance with the very law he assented to.
Onu urged the President to avoid being misled into the destruction of State Institutions with unnecessary politics and influence peddling.
The legal practitioner encouraged the President to heed his admonition in the overall interest of the nation, especially at this precarious time that legitimacy will go a long way in covering the gap created by obvious acts of nepotism at the expense of the law and national unity.
Barrister Onu in his open letter dated May 10, this year to the President, pointed out that Nigeria is currently going back to the same scenario of unnecessary distractions of lobbying and attempts to subverts the clear provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Act, 2020 by desperate politicians who are only interested in 2023 elections and are out to impose an unqualified IGP.
The legal practitioner, in his open letter asked, “Why do we enjoy the destruction of State Institutions with unnecessary politics and influence peddling?
He added: “It is widely rumoured that so much money have and is being spent in the bid to retain the appointment of anyone as Inspector-General of Police, irrespective of the obvious lack of qualification – whether this is true or not, it should not be allowed to degenerate to this level before Mr. President does the right thing and act by the law.
“I am hopeful that Mr. President will heed to this kind admonition in the overall interest of our nation, especially at this precarious time that legitimacy will go a long way in covering the gap created by obvious acts of nepotism at the expense of our law and national unity.
“If Mr. President knew that he was not willing to abide by this law, why did he assent to it?
“Is the application of law now subjected to political, ethnic and religious considerations?
Continuing, Barrister Onu said, The subject matter of appointing a new Inspector-General for the Nigeria Police Force has been one that I saw as an opportunity for this great nation to rise above primordial cleavages and, for once, abide by the letters and spirit of our laws devoid of politics, nepotism and or religious and tribal sentiment.
“That was my driving force when I challenged the tenure extension granted to the former Inspector-General, Adamu Muhammed upon his statutory retirement.
“That case was due for judgment before Mr. President realized the error and effectively removed him from office.
“My action was not borne out of hatred for the former Inspector-General of Police, neither is my present resistance for the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the Acting Inspector-General borne out of tribalism or religious consideration.
“My action is solely a passionate pursuit of justice for Nigerians and the need to uphold our laws as they are presently in effect.
“My action is a patriotic public interest activism aimed at ensuring that our foremost internal security institution is insulated from politics and unnecessary favoritism in the appointment of its leadership.
“Mr. President will agree with me that the wrongful extension of the tenure of the former IGP led to an unnecessary distraction in the core responsibility of the police as the then IGP became pre-occupied with lobbying to secure his office rather than securing the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“He hired lawyers to present bizarre argument on his behalf with the intention of turning the law on its head in order for him to remain in office beyond his mandatory statutory retirement age.
“Your Excellency, we are currently back to the same scenario of unnecessary distractions of lobbying and attempts to subverts the clear provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Act, 2020 by desperate politicians who are only interested in 2023 elections and are out to impose an unqualified IGP who they believe will do their bidding.
“One wonders why the President of the Nigerian Senate whose chamber was involved in the enactment of the Police Act, 2020 will be silent when a clearly unqualified person is appointed as the IGP of Police at a time that our nation is in need of 100% lawful actions required for legitimacy in the security sector of our nation.
“At least, the Nigeria Senate should be seen and heard insisting that the law they passed to reform and professionalize the Nigerian Police Force is strictly adhered to in implementation.
“However, it seems the Senate is even in support of totally breaching that law for their political convenience.” (Text, excluding headline, courtesy Daily Independent)
Source: News Express
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