Sylvester Idowu in Warri
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Monday took a swipe at the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, over his failure to appear before the Senate to give a vivid account of what he is doing to stem the killings across the country.
The religious body noted that the IGâ€™s refusal to honour the countryâ€™s legislature invitations amounted to dishonouring the peopleâ€™s representatives.
The National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the PFN, Bishop Simeon Okah, in a statement issued in Warri decried the refusal of the IG to the invitation based on â€œflimsy excuses.â€
Reacting further to the attitude of Idris in his response to the summons by the Senate few weeks ago, the bishop expressed disappointment in the attitude of the police chief, noting that his action was a disrespect to the authority of all Nigerians, who the Senate representatives, stressing: â€œIt does not portray the police as a democratic, people-friendly institution.â€
According to him, â€œto say he owes no one apology for his actions means the IG is saying he is above the people and he is not accountable to the Nigerian people, whose taxes are used to pay his salary. A people-friendly, democracy-conscious IG will appear before the representatives of the people; after all, nobody will flog him there.
â€œLet me conclude by stating that the way and manner at which arms and ammunition are in the possession of people with questionable character and failure of the security agencies to track the sources and halt the flow have put the country in serious jeopardy, and could threaten its existence if nothing is done speedily