The Governor of Ekiti State, Gov. Ayodele Fayose, has said that the contradictory statements by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the release of the lone Dapchi girl in Boko Haram captivity, Leah Sharibu, as another clear indication that “confusion reigns under President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.”
According to the statement by the governor through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he said it is shameful for the IGP could come on national television to “deceive Nigerians” by giving information that he was not sure of.
Fayose said, “If the IGP does not have correct information on activities of the Boko Haram insurgents at his fingertips, it goes to show the level of confusion that has taken over this their government and one can appreciate the position expressed by former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, that Nigerians should take total responsibility for the security of their own lives and properties because, as it is, a government that is confused even at the level of its security agencies cannot protect its citizens.
“What the IGP said was unambiguous. He said on Channels Television loud and clear that he was scheduled to travel to Dapchi but shelved the trip so as not to jeopardise the release of Leah Sharibu.
“So, where is the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of what the IGP said? How can Dapchi residents’ anxious wait for the safe return of the already released girls be the reason for the IGP to say that he learnt the remaining girl will be released on Saturday?
“The IGP’s categorical statement on Saturday, that Sharibu was going to be released and the recant the following day was a further vindication of the United States government’s (assertion) that animosity between Nigeria’s security agencies and their unwillingness to share intelligence were hampering efforts at effectively combating the Boko Haram insurgency.”
Naija News recalls that IGP Idris Ibrahim said that he was misquoted and misunderstood by the media when he said Leah Sharibu would be released any time soon.