Over 80 senators from the different Political parties have agreed to impeach the sitting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari over the incessant rise of insecurity in Nigeria.
The body have stated that if the growing insecurity across the nation persisted beyond six weeks, being the ultimatum handed the government before the legislature shut down till September 20, Buhari would be impeached.
According to THISDAY, the decision was taken after their respective closed-sessions before the commencement of plenary, presided over by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who also charged the security agencies to do more in order to stop the terrorists and the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase.
The Presidency last night reacted to the reported move by the senate to commence impeachment moves against President Buhari, and advised the senators to stop playing to the gallery like their counterparts in the United States, otherwise, staging a walkout was performative and babyish.
At the same time, the Federal government has said it was currently working round the clock to bring the country’s security situation under control.
The Senators, at the executive session, agreed to give Buhari a six-week ultimatum to address the issue or risk impeachment, and also maintained that all resolutions passed earlier on how to improve the security situation in Nigeria must be implemented immediately by the Buhari-led administration.
THISDAY gathered that more than two-thirds of the senators, across the parties at their closed-door session, agreed to impeach Buhari, but the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, was not comfortable, because he didn’t want the presidency to misread it as his own way of getting back at them after he failed to clinch the presidential ticket of the party or even secured his ticket to return to the senate.
Besides, about seven other senators, led by Opeyemi Bamidele from Ekiti State and Gabriel Suswam from Benue, were also said to have shared Lawan’s sentiment, given the present circumstance.
That, nonetheless, the senators, on the sidelines, were not clear with the mode the impeachment should take, knowing that the south/north dichotomy was still a critical factor in the balance of power in the country.
They, therefore, resolved that the matter would be part of the issues to be considered after the six weeks ultimatum, to know whether they would impeach either Buhari alone or send him away with his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Trouble, however, started at plenary proper, when the order paper was not altered to accommodate the public debate on the issue at plenary.
Source: thisday, 28/07/22, https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2022/07/28/over-80-senators-majority-house-members-move-to-impeach-buhari-over-insecurity/amp/