The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared its support for the extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu.
The students’ association also expressed concern about legal actions instituted by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, against the federal government for the extension.
Asefon Dayo, the president of the association, expressed the members’ concern over the matter at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
The federal government on February 4, extended the tenure of Mr. Adamu by three months “to allow for the proper selection process’’ of his successor.
“We detest the legal actions instituted by lawyers to truncate a smooth selection process without considering the inherent benefits to the nation,” the aged NANS leader said.
The NBA had on Friday dragged the federal government before a federal high court to determine the legality or otherwise of extending the tenure of the I-G after the due date for his resignation from police had elapsed.
The students’ body, however, commended the government for extending the I-G’s tenure, saying that it would guarantee good time to search for a capable successor.
“The NANS leadership throws its weight behind the presidency for the extension of the tenure of the performing I-G to give room for proper selection process.
“The idea is to get a capable replacement that will continue the process of total reform of the Nigeria Police to maximally protect the citizenry in line with global standards,’’ Mr. Asefon noted.
The Ekiti State University student called on Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of the government in building a better Nigeria by standing against any form of distraction.