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Why I refused to sack Solomon Arase – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase had fears that he may be sacked by the APC administration Buhari says the quality of things Arase had written made him decide keep him till his tenure expired

President Muhammadu Buhari says he retained the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase when he assumed office on May 29, 2015, because of Arase’s dossier and his intellectual capacity in the field of operations.

Buhari who spoke at the public presentation of a publication “Cascade of Change: A Decade Of Liberal Thoughts” authored by the Lagos state commissioner for information, Steve Ayorinde, said a combination of qualities possessed by Arase convinced him to retain him till the end of his his tenure, The Nation reports.

The president who was represented by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina said Arase expressed fears that since, he was inherited by Buhari’s administration he may be sacked. Femi Adesina said: “He said, he saw the quality of his mind and he saw the quality of things, he had written.

You know Arase has many publications to his credit and he also saw his capacity as an operation person and he decided to keep him till his tenure expired.

“While he (Arase) was speaking at the dinner, he told the President that it was very strange for him to have been invited for a farewell dinner, because, what we know in Nigeria is that, you are sacked on pages of newspapers.

“Arase, also had the fear that, since, he was inherited by Buhari’s administration, he was not sure that he would be retained; so every day, he had the trepidation that he would hear that he had been removed.”

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