Buhari fires police chief in Holy Week of high drama



President Muhammadu Buhari showed red card to an inspector-general of police in an Easter week characterized by unpatriotic acts by Nigerians against their fatherland. Buhari, who is currently taking a short rest in London, England, named Mr Usman Baba as acting Inspector-General of Police after firing, Mr Mohammed Adamu on April 6. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the development occurred 28 days to the expiration of Adamu’s extended tenure. Adamu’s tenure was extended by the president on Feb. 4 this year in what analysts described as a controversial tenure extension of a retiring police chief. Baba was consequently, decorated by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Earlier on April 5, Buhari roundly condemned the deadly attack that took place at the Nigeria Police Headquarters and the Correctional Centre at Owerri in Imo, describing the development as acts of terror. Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, however, lauded initial response by security guards and security forces for preventing extensive loss of lives during the invasion of the facilities. On the same day, the presidency described as “ungodly, an attempt by Bishop Matthew Kukah to politicise the nation’s security challenges and the hijab saga in Kwara State in his 2021 Easter homily’’. The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, noted that Kukah, the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, had said things that were inexplicable in his Easter massage. According to the presidential aide, it is wrong for Kukah to have stated that “Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015.” On March 6, Buhari condoled the family of Mr Sa’idu Afaka, the official driver to the president, who died at the State House Clinic on March 6, following a prolonged illness. The president also felicitated with Itsekiri people on the announcement of a new Olu of Warri as pronounced by the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom. Buhari on April 8, also expressed solidarity with King Abdullah ll Bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, following the resolution of a recent rift in the royal family.    

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