Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)-- Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Thursday urged Nigerians to support the newly appointed acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar.
Suswan who was at the State House to attend the monthly National Economic Council (NEC) commended the President for the singular act, saying that it was what a lot of people had been waiting for.
The new IG by President Goodluck Jonathan following the sack of the immediate IG, Hafiz Ringim.
He however warned that it was not just enough to remove the former IG, saying that the new Police boss must be proactive so as to end the security challenges facing the country.
"First let me congratulate the President for taking that step, which is what a lot of people were looking for, but I think it is not enough just to change the IG, we hope that the new IG himself becomes proactive, appreciating the security situation the country has found itself in and taking neccessary steps that will address some of this issues."
The governor further added that the onus was on the new IG to prove himself. He therefore solicited for the support of all Nigerians
"Yes, a new IG has just been appointed but the question would be, is he ready to apply himself to the security situation as we found ourselves now? That will be very important. I believed that as an experience police officer, well trained, he should be able to do that. We believe that we would see some measures of changes in the way that crime is been addressed by the police in the country.”
On the alleged indictment of the new IG, the governor said, "well incidentally, I read that part of the story this morning in the newspapers. I don't want to comment on something that I am unable to confirm for now. If it is true that he was indicted by a competent, a competent because indictment, if it is not by a competent body, then it is political. But if actually he was indicted by a competent body put up government, then there is an issue there. So for now I think that it will be pre-emptive of me to comment on something that I said am not sure of. That is in the papers and whether it is true or not, we don't know. I don't think any of you here have read the report. I haven't read the report and so it is better that we wait and see whether it is a competent body that indicted him based on religious ground. Otherwise we should give the man a chance for him to do his job and see what new perspective he could add to addressing the security situation in our country."