A report has emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari may extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris by another six months.
Punch reports that Buhari may extend it to allow Idris conduct the 2019 general election scheduled to hold in February, 2019.
Idris tenure ends on January 3, 2019 after serving in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years.
He was said to have lobbied some senior government officials who convinced President Buhari to extend his tenure.
The Newspaper quoted a source who said Nigerians should expect the extension any moment from now.
He said, “It is a done deal; the IG’s tenure has already been extended because the Presidency has confidence in him. He would get the official confirmation any moment from now; that is if he hasn’t received it already.
“Extending the IG’s tenure is not unexpected. The other service chiefs had their tenure extended by a year. So, giving Idris the same privilege is nothing out of the ordinary.”
Meanwhile, the speculation has attracted a reaction from the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPPS).
The party threatened to drag Buhari before the court over the planned extensure, claiming that the move was a tactic to get the IGP working for the President ahead of the general election.
The CUPP argued that the Nigeria constitution does not support any extension of tenure in public offices.
According to the first national spokesperson for the CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, Punch report, said the opposition parties were shifting their attention to the leadership of the force following Buhari’s decision not to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill and the inability of the federal lawmakers to override his veto.
He said, “We are insisting that the Inspector-General of Police, whose tenure is expiring in January, must leave the office.
“So, we are demanding that the President should not extend his tenure because there is no such provision in the constitution. A former police officer cannot be an Inspector-General of Police. We will be filing an action in court to ensure that he leaves office in January.”