Two groups on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The groups, Tiv Youth Council, and Arewa Youth Assembly, noted that removing the IG as the general elections drew near would be dangerous to the security arrangements already made for the general elections.

Leaders of the group, Mike Msuaan, who is President of Tiv Youth Council; and Muhammad Salihu, Speaker, Arewa Youth Assembly, said their calls for the extension of the IG’s tenure were as a result of their desire for free, fair and credible elections.

The groups said, “Having a new IG at this crucial time will be dangerous to the security arrangements of the general elections considering the time frame.

“This decision of ours to call for the extension of the tenure of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, is borne out of our desire to have free, fair, safe and credible elections. There is no sentiment attached, rather we are only heeding the voice of wisdom.

“We believe this is the time for him (Idris) to give his very best of experience in this critical assignment, having been part and head of the security architectural design for the 2019 general elections.”

They added, “Replacing him at this time, therefore, will definitely distort the arrangement.”

While applauding the Independent National Electoral Commission for preparing towards free, fair and credible general elections, the groups urged the commission to note that the stability of the country depended on it.

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