The emir of Lafia, Dr Isah Mustapha-Agwai 1, has appealed to Nigerians
not to smear or bring down those in positions of authority for
personal interests, saying only God could give and take power.
Mustapha-Agwai made the appeal when the Inspector General of Police,
IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris visited him in his palace on Friday.
It would be recalled that the police boss was in Lafia to inaugurate
the State Police Command headquarters donated by Governor Tanko
The royal father noted that the two major religions preached against
smearing one another’s image, reputations or saying things about
somebody without any proof.
“We should always remember the day of resurrection in our actions,” he said.
The emir who is also the chairman, Nasarawa Statehood Council of
Chiefs expressed dismay at the attitude of those who would always
allow themselves to be used by enemies of progress to ruin someone’s
The monarch also commended IGP Idris for putting in place measures
that have led to improved security and doused heightened tension in
various parts of the country in recent months.
The emir notes that, “the country is faced with some formidable
security challenges, ranging from insurgency, militancy, kidnappings
and armed robberies.”
The monarch, however, noted that with the diligence and commitment of
the IGP, most of these challenges had been surmounted, while efforts
were on to protect lives and properties of Nigeria.
Mustapha-Agwai 1, tasked the police boss not to be complacent, urging
that he should do everything humanly possible to ensure that the tempo
“I enjoin you to continue with your good work of providing adequate
security to Nigerians, and not to be distracted with the activities of
ungodly people in our midst.
“God Almighty gives and takes power, as such fear no one, discharge
your duties effectively and efficiently and God will always be with
you”, the royal father stated.
The emir further said that the IGP’s visit was a home coming and
pledged to continue to assist and cooperate with Nigeria Police Force
to ensure the success of his activities in fighting crime and
criminality in the country.
He said the IGP Idris’s contributions in dousing the rate of crime in
the state during his days as CP is highly commendable, saying he had
contributed immensely in the peace and unity the people of the state
are now enjoying.
He also called on him to accord top priority to the welfare and
comfort of officers and men across the country.
“Today God Almighty has entrusted you in to this position as number
one police boss, don’t be selective in your dealings, fear no one
except Allah, don’t use it to victimize any body and you will continue
to see God’s hand in everything you do”, the royal father advised.
“Try to ensure that you are transparent, incorruptible and unbiased in
discharging your duties and responsibilities, Almighty Allah will not
allow your enemies to pull you down”.
Speaking earlier, IGP Idris underscored the role of traditional
institutions in complementing the efforts of security operatives in
checkmating criminal activities.
The police boss said that the role of traditional institutions in
sustaining peace and unity in the country could not be
under-emphasized and noted that the police force will not relent in
partnering the traditional institution.
According to him, “traditional rulers in the country have in no small
measure supported and cooperated with the police and other security
agencies which resulted in the successes recorded in curbing criminal