The presidency has reacted to the demand made by some interest groups for President Muhammad Buhari to appoint an Igbo person as the next Inspector General of Police as Adamu Mohammed reached compulsory retirement age today.
The presidency says the appointment of security chiefs by President Buhari is my merit and achievement and not by ethnicity or religion.
The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, made this known during a program on Channels Television on Monday morning.
Shehu said there are 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria, if the president wants to start appointing base on ethnicity, he will appoint about 250 service chiefs. He added that the appointment of the service chiefs was fair. Two from the South and two from the North, two Muslims, and two Christians.
He concluded that the president will appoint anyone who is qualified as the next IGP and not necessarily an Igbo person.
After President Muhammad Buhari appointed new service chiefs last week, Ohaneze Ndigbo and other interest groups faulted the appointments because no Igbo person is in the four service chiefs. They urged President Buhari to compensate the Igbos by replacing Adamu Mohammed with an Igbo person.