President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that his loyalty to his subordinates has often restrained him from communicating the real state of affairs in the country. Buhari on Monday in Makurdi, Benue state told stakeholders during a meeting that he felt the Inspector General of police was being too slow in handling the herdsmen crisis across the country, but would not state it publicly because that would be disloyal.
It appears the President was unconscious that his remarks would be made public. (Some media organisations reported that they were barred from covering the President’s visit)
“At every level, you have to be loyal to people below you. Whether that person is loyal to you or not is totally a different thing
”“The easiest thing for me was to go on air and accuse the IGP of being too slow and not using the intelligence and resources available to him to foresee the action of the cattle rearers and so on. People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that.”
Buhari, however shocked the audience when he disclosed that he had no clue that the directives he gave the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to relocate to Benue was flouted despite several media reports to that effect. Buhari stated this before he made the comments on loyalty,
“The problem in Benue started worsening because the IGP refused to follow my instruction. What I did was to call him (IGP) and give him the directive. I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend much time … and then moved to Nasarawa. It’s only now that I am knowing that.
“But I know I dispatched him here,” he said.
Buhari said that he was doing his best to restore order in Benue state and appealed with the people to give the security agencies a chance. He added, “The governor and I, and others here know that we will leave one day, but the relationship between farmers and herders will continue. I urge you to keep in touch with them and advise them to live peacefully. Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups with different cultures and nobody can question God for putting us together.
“On our part as Government I assure that we will diligently fulfill our duty of security and law enforcement.
“I will not be President forever, Governor Ortom will not be Governor forever. Long after our service, farmers and herdsmen in Benue and elsewhere in Nigeria will still exist and will live and work side-by-side. It is our hope that this co-existence will always be a peaceful one.
“Once again I sympathize with the people of Benue State, and the families of all those who‘ve lost their lives in these attacks. The security agencies will continue to work to protect all Nigerians. And we will not allow anyone who takes the life of a Nigerian to evade justice,” Buhari said.