The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has confessed to his ignorance as to the actions undertaken by the Inspector General of Police following his order on January 9 directing him to immediately relocate to Benue State to restore law and order.
Recall that the order came following the series of attacks launched on the indigenes of the state by the Fulani herdsmen leading to the death of no less than 73 persons.
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, however, while speaking at a meeting with some stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi, Benue State, revealed that he was not aware of the number of days spent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris in Benue State following his order.
Recall that the IGP was reported to have spent no more than 24 hours in Benue state before relocating to Nasarawa state thereby earning him condemnation amongst Nigerians.
Buhari while speaking on the controversial issue during his visit said: “What I did was to call him and give him the directive. I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend … and then moved to Nasarawa. It’s only now that I am knowing that.”
He added: “But I know I dispatched him here.”
While appealing to the people of Benue to excercise restraint and allow peace reign in the state, Buhari said: “I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them.”