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 Nigeria Police Force in line with what their boss acting IGP Mohammed Adamu have started.
Monday January 28/2019, IGP Mohammed Adamu appointed eight new Deputy Inspector Generals of Police (DIGs) and sends their names to Police Service Commission (PSC) for approvals which were – approved effective from January 28, 2019. The DIGs are Aminchi Baraya (North East), Usman Abubakar (North West), Abdulmajid Ali (North Central), Fredrick Taiwc- Lakanu (South West). Godwin Nwobodo (South East), Anthony Michael (South-South) and Yakub Jibrin (North Central). Jibrin though from north central was appointed based on seniority. The Eighth DIG, Usman Yakubu, was however asked to proceed on terminal leave.
According to the spokesperson of PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, the approval was the highest point of the 4th plenary meeting of the commission held in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday January 28th and 29th 2019, which was presided over by the PSC chairman, retired IGP Musiliu Smith. The commission also approved the retirement of seven former DIGs based on their standing rules, they are; Maigari Dikko (Finance and Adminstration), Emmanuel Iyang (Information, Communication and Technology), Sani Mohammd (Training and Development), Agboola Oshodi-Glover (Logistics and Supply), Mohammed Musa Katisina (Research and Planning) and Peace Abdullah.
On his assumptions of office, the IGP Mohammed blames the rot in Nigeria Police Force on weak leadership, which is a clear indication of a good leader who accepts the challenges on ground in the Police Force before taking charge. The appointment of the new DIGs, which is now the new management team by IGP Mohammed and the confirmation by the Police Services Commission, is a clear indication of a good leader who have the interest of all Nigerians at heart. All the zones in the country has a representative, which will create public confidence and balancing in the force thereby motivate officers to give our dear IGP Mohammed all the necessary support and co-operation in carrying out the huge task of repositioning the Nigeria Police Force for better policing in the country.
IGP Mohammed also pointed out that the absence of good leadership was the missing link in policing in the country. This is one critical area, which the new management team needs to work hard with the IGP in rebuilding public confidence in the police. There is no doubt that with the steps taken so far by IGP Mohammed in the last two weeks in office, he has shown clear vision of building a strong police institution for the unity of the country. IGP Mohammed being an experienced and intelligent officer was able to identify the problems facing the Police Force, and problems identification is the first necessary step for any good leader who is determined to tackle any pressing issues.
The appointment of the highly experienced and intelligent officers like ACP Idowu Owohunwa POS-IGP, ACP Frank Mba, CSO-IGP, deserves commendation by Nigerians. A tree cannot make a forest; there is therefore the need for collective efforts from the men of Nigeria Police Force and the general public to support the ongoing reforms in the policing system. God has given us a man, who by the grace of God has all the required experience in managing our internal security. This is also an opportunity to thank our Dear President Muhammadu Buhari for this great appointment at this point in time in our history. May God continues to protect and give our President, IGP Mohammed and all our leaders the needed wisdom in running the affairs of our country.
–Itodo is a social researcher and public communicator based in Abuja
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