The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Monday, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for the four-year extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba after he is due for retirement on March 1, 2023, at age 60.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement said the extension of the tenure of the IGP who is from Geidam, Yobe State, confirms the nepotistic tendencies of the President and his religious sentiments in all his appointment into public office.
The group alleged that Buhari would not have extended the IGP’s tenure if he were a Southern Christian, warning of the implications of setting this type of precedent and abuses of the laws of the country hiding under nebulous reasons.
HURIWA equally said the President did a similar thing in the case of his appointment of Dauda Ali Biu as the acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps last year. Biu, who was born in the year 1964 in Zaria, Kaduna State but hails from Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State, joined the FRSC in 1988.
Amid overwhelming calls for his retirement at the mandatory age of 60 on March 1, 2023, according to the Federal Civil Service Rules, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, last week announced that the IGP would not be retiring midway into the general election, as earlier expected since his tenure had already been extended by Buhari.
The minister explained that the Police Act 2020 had changed the rules for the IGP, revealing that Baba has a four-year tenure.
Reacting, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “President Muhammadu Buhari illegally confirmed the FRSC Corp Marshall who is already 59 and will retire next year but because he is a northern Moslem from Borno State the President violated civil service rule on retirement and gave him a tenured appointment far beyond his retirement time