Nigerians on social media have reacted angrily to news that Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris flouted a presidential order to relocate to Benue.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered Idris to relocate to Benue on January 9 to help coordinate efforts after 73 persons were murdered by suspected herdsmen on New Year’s Day.
While meeting stakeholders as part of his condolence visit to the state on Monday, the president expressed surprise that Idris did not stay up to 24 hours.
Some stakeholders in the state had reportedly informed the president that Idris left the state for Nasarawa in less than 24 hours after his arrival.
But many Nigerians on social media expressed displeasure with the police boss’s action, with some describing it as insubordination and a sign of disrespect for the office of the president.
They therefore called for the sacking of the police chief.
However, some other commentators described the IG’s action and the president’s failure to spot his defiance earlier as indicative of the president’s inability to effectively govern the country.
See tweets below:
For deliberately and flagrantly flouting the orders of @MBuhari, as expected, IGP Idris has to be shown the exit door!
— Nakinsegba (@nakynx11) March 13, 2018
According to Femi Adesina, IGP Idris was absent at Buhari's Benue townhall meeting yesterday because he is out of the country.
Should your boss send you on an errand to Ikorodu and you instead go to Ikoyi. You'd have lost your job already.
Ask Lagos N50K employees #SackIGPIdris
— Charles (@ceonigeria) March 13, 2018
A typical paragon of a Shithole country.IGP Idris should resign & pick up a post in MACBAN. https://t.co/DwcFn84MFn
— John Danfulani (@john_danfulani) March 10, 2018
So IGP Idris is still in office as at 10am today; careful what you wish for Nigeria ….
— Abba Iliyasu (Fola) (@lethal_Iliyas) March 13, 2018
IGP Idris to be the scape goat i bet you he know about him not reporting to benue; as if they don't give him report update. so what do dey discuss in security meetings
— Spunky (@Sponkynija) March 13, 2018
In a very critical situation, Buhari sent IGP Idris to Benue State to save lives, IGP went somewhere else, the president wasn't even aware.
Now, Nigerians, who is actually ruling us??
— OONI OF ABUJA (@Deji_Blissfield) March 13, 2018
when are you sacking IGP Idris ?
Idris to Buhari: look you can't sack me! pic.twitter.com/wsso02bCl0
— Sweet Shantel (@SweetShantel) March 13, 2018
Am trying to imagine RN what would happen Donald Trump ordering a chief Police officer to go right and he went left.🤔🤔
But i can't imagine him getting to know that his orders were disobeyed months later…lets tell ourselves the truth…
— Henry Triiz Nsikak. (@HenryTriiz) March 13, 2018
"IGP Idris" incompetency rewarded we should get our PVC and vote out APC
— ThatIdomaBoy (@sleeky08) March 13, 2018
11:00am and IGP Idris is still in office.
— oluwashikemi (@qee_zara) March 13, 2018
Now flaunting of orders? Is it that IGP Idris did not get the order correctly?
Also, when you give an order don't you follow up to make sure it is done? Or you check on it from time to time till it's done… @MBuhari @PoliceNG
— POTUS Brite (@POTUSBrite) March 13, 2018