Mr Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari`s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity has said his principal “ may not know“ that Police IG, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directive to relocate to Benue State.
As response to Benue people`s protest that Mr Idris barely spent 24 hours after he ordered the IGP to relocate to the state to quell herdsmen killings, President Buhari had said: “I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised.”
The president`s response, which he gave during his visit to the state on Monday, had drawn extensive condemnations.
Addressing the widespread condemnations, Adesina said it was excusable for the president to not know that his directive to the Police Chief was allegedly flayed.
“The president may not know everything. He didn’t know that the IGP allegedly left Benue after one day but he got to know yesterday. So there are some things you can’t hide forever. So yes, the president may not know everything,” the presidential spokesperson said on Channels TV`s Sunrise Daily.
“It’s in the public domain that he went from Benue to Nasarawa but nobody knew that he did not spend a night in Benue.
“I’m aware of it but I did not know the length of time he stayed in Benue before moving to Nasarawa, “ he said.
On if IGP Idris indeed undermined the president; Adesina said “They [the claims] were in the realm of allegations until the key stakeholders mentioned it yesterday. They were just allegations as far as I’m concerned.
“Even now, they are still in the realm of allegations until we hear from the IGP,” he said.