Immediate-past Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has pleaded with everyone he might have offended in the discharge of his duties as the police boss to forgive him, saying now he wants to move on with his life.
Handing over to new IGP Solomon Arase on Wednesday at the Force’s headquarters in Abuja, Abba said:
“Let me first congratulate the acting IGP for the elevation. With every sense of sincerity of purpose, let me say it is a well deserved appointment, not only for the management of the force but for the society of Nigeria. That is to say I wish him well and know he will do better.”
“I want to thank the Almighty God for my appointment and like He (God) said, He alone gives and He takes; particularly now that I am leaving in good health. I want to also thank President Jonathan for appointing me as IGP and seeing me up to this time because I believe God knows the best.
“Now I want to move on with my life and in doing that, I want to use this opportunity to appeal to those who we might have offended to know that the nature of policing in a country like Nigeria is fraught with its challenges. We have different people, different values. Even at that, I want to appeal to those who feel deeply offended to have a place in their heart to forgive and lend support to my colleagues”.
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“My happiness is that we have gone through the elections and after all the hard work, the elections are almost over. I want to thank those who helped in making sure that we have peace today. Leading in this line is President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigeria Police Force, other security agencies, the Peace committee, civil society groups. But it is not yet over because elections are yet to be concluded in three states,” Abba said.