Great leaders throughout history led by example and their leadership qualities are often emulated by their followers and the rest of the society. That is why if a leader is weak, he spread weakness around
his subordinates, and if the leader is strong, his strength is felt by those around him. Little wonder that the leadership qualities and reforms in the nation’s Police have been embraced by the Officers and men of the Force in line with what their boss is doing.
The reforms currently taking place in the Nigeria Police under the leadership of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris is principally motivated by national interest.
With the IGP’s sincerity of purpose, which has led to excellent outcomes in the reform process, a lot of positive changes are taking place in the Nigeria Police Force. The IGP has shown that he is the most disciplined, sincere and reform minded Police Boss in recent times, who is ready to do the needful to make the Force better.
When recently the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo as the acting president directed the IGP to reform the SARS and its operations around the country following complaint about alleged violations of rights of Nigerians, the Police Chief rose to the occasion and executed the reforms in a jiffy. The IGP swung into action and issued far-reaching orders to reforms the SARS.
Firstly, he changed the name of SARS to Federal SARS thereby making it easy to checkmate their activities; Secondly, he ordered the SARS operatives to steer clear of civil matters; Thirdly, he made it mandatory for them to wear their uniform while on duty for easy identification by the society; Fourthly, he ordered that they should be routinely subjected to medical tests. These far reaching reforms which is changing the face of the Nigeria Police were also possible through the enabling environment that had been provided for the Police Chief to perform his assigned responsibilities by President Muhammadu
Buhari. We thank President Muhammadu Buhari who gave the IGP the opportunity to serve his country in the highest Policing position in the country.
This writer gathered that since the beginning of the Police Reforms, the IGP has been holding series of meetings with various PoliceFormations across the country to carry along the officers and men of the Force.
While the IGP is prioritizing the welfare of the Police Officers and men, he has not failed to wield the big stick when his officers or menderail in their assigned duties or go beyond their mandate.
Recently some police officers who illegally raided the house of theelder statesman and former commissioner of Information, Chief EdwinClark in Abuja was charged with misconduct. This was after the IGPordered the arrest and detention of the four policemen involved. And in a rare demonstration of humility the IGP sent a high powered delegation led by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG and other police officers to apologise to the elder statesman over the unauthorized and illegal actions of the officers. The humility displayed by the IGP is a lesson to the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force that national interest should be their topmost priority in the course of their service to Nigerians. Every Nigerian should appreciate the efforts of the IGP in making Nigeria safe.
The success of the IGP has also been attributed to the fact that he surrounded himself with competent people just like our father President Muhammadu Buhari surrounded himself with good people that are helping him to bring back Nigeria’s lost glory.
The IGP surrounded himself with competent people that are working with him to ensure crime free Nigeria. I have had the privilege of meeting and interacting with the CSO, IGP Supol Adamu Shaaba. I thank God that the country has people like him who are dedicated to the service of the Fatherland. One would not believe that people like him exist in this country, but thanks to the IGP for having such wonderful man around him. He also have other good people around him like the DIG Operations, DIG Budget and Account; DIG Works; CP Works; DCP Umar, PSO to IGP; Force PPRO and so many others. Surrounding himself with competent officers is an attribute of good leadership by the IGP which has made a lot of difference in his effort to eradicate crime and criminality in the country.
Another success story in the catalogue of successes by the IGP was the peaceful and successful conduct of the Osun State governorship election, recently. It was an election in which the IGP received lots of accolades from local and international observers, including the EU, UK and US who were on ground to monitor the election. The IGP was also commended for the provision of welfare for the officers deployed to ensure the peaceful conduct of the Osun election. I was in Osun where I had interview with some of the officers about their welfare and their responses was very positive. In fact one of the DSPs I met told me how he wished the IGP would remain in office for the next 10 years, adding that he had been going for similar assignment in the past 10 years and has never had it so smooth like in the last two years under the leadership of IGP Idris. What a good commendation from an officer working under him!
Another indication of the responsiveness of the IGP is his recent order for the removal of Plateau State commissioner of Police, Undie Adie.
This development was communicated in a statement by the Plateau State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Mathias Tyopev. Adie was replaced with Austin Agbonlahor, who was until his appointment, the commissioner of police (Operations) at Force Headquarters, Abuja. Although no reasons was given for his removal, but competent sources indicated that Adie’s removal may be related to the recent surge in insecurity in the state, which has claimed over 50 lives in less than a month. This was another demonstration of the good and prompt actions that the IGP takes to ensure that Nigerians are safe wherever they live and officers who did not live up to expectations are pushed aside for those who can do the job.
The excellent job being done by the IGP is one of the reasons why most Nigerians don’t want him to be distracted by politically induced matters like his appearance to the Senate or not. The IGP should be allowed to do his job for which he had been receiving commendations at home and abroad. It is our prayers that God should continue to give him wisdom and capacity to carry on with the task of providing security for Nigerians.
–Itodo, a social researcher and public commentator based in Abuja
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