Christians in the Northern States and the FCT are wondering whether, in appointing Mohammed D. Abubakar as the Acting Inspector General of Police, President Goodluck Jonathan knows what he is doing, given the controversies that have trailed Abubakar’s career as a religious fanatic.
In a statement signed by Publicity Secretary Sunday Oibe, the Christian Association In The 19 Northern States And The FCT described the appointment as an extension of terrorism in Nigeria, and urged Jonathan to appoint a liberal Nigerian instead.
“Christians in Northern Nigeria will not feel safe following his antecedents as the commissioner of police in Plateau state as documented by the Hon. Justice Niki Tobi Commission of inquiry into the bloody killings the crisis in Jos in 2001,” the statement said. “To us it is a licence given to him by the President to unleash terror on Christians and we reject his appointment as acting IG.”
The Christians asserted that the profile of Abubakar does not befit an acting IG of police, wondering how a man who was indicted for religious fanaticism by a public Commission which recommended him for retirement or outright dismissal could have remained in the police force.
“It appears that some unpatriotic characters, especially in the Nigerian police are being allowed to have their ways in this country,” the statement continued. “We say this because there is similarity between Zakari Biu, a commissioner of police who set free a suspected Boko Haram bomber and Abubakar who supervised the killings and wanton destruction of lives and property in the 2001 crisis in Jos.”
They recalled that Zakari Biu was dismissed from the Nigerian Police, only to mysteriously return to it and even rise to the rank of a commissioner, a position from which he allegedly facilitated the escape of the man believed to have a hand in the Christmas Day bombing at Madalla, Kabiru Sokoto.
Abubakar, they said, may also have been appointed to his new position in order to to execute the worst Boko Haram activities, especially against Christians.