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Impeachment threat: Presidency blasts senators, says they’re babyish

Anthony Iwuoma

The Presidency has chided senators who had on Wednesday threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to arrest the rising insecurity in the country within six weeks.

The senators, cutting across party lines, were angered by the worsening spate of terrorist attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, and around the country.
Reacting to the threat, the Presidency in a statement issued by the senior media and publicity aide to the president, Garba Shehu, lambasted the senators and advised them to find something meaningful to do with their time.
Garba described the senator’s actions as “performative and babyish antics” and commended Senate President, Ahmad  Lawan for rejecting the motion.

“In contrast, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to the emerging security threats, including those left behind by the PDP in the South-South, the Northeast and throughout the federation. In the last 24 hours, two more Chibok girls were freed, in addition to the three brought home last week,” the statement added.

However, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who addressed House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Buhari, commended the patriotic zeal of the senators, adding  that the work to restore normalcy was still ongoing.

“As to the resolution passed by the Senate, it was passed when we were deliberating (at the FEC meeting). We thank them for their patriotism and their concern. But we are working around the clock 24 hours to ensure that the situation is brought under control,” Mohammed said.

“I want to assure you that the president is aware of all these and as a matter of fact, I think tomorrow there’s going to be another Security Council meeting. So, it’s not a matter the president is taking lightly and like I’ll always say, some of the measures we’re going to take are not measures that you can discuss openly here, but we’re as concerned as you are, we’re not going to abandon our responsibility.”

The lawmakers’ threat to begin impeachment proceedings against the president stemmed from the increasing bold attacks of the terrorists without adequate response by the authorities.

The Senate Minority Leader and the senator representing the FCT,  Philip Aduda, Peoples Democratic Party, had raised a point of order for the Senate to deliberate on issues discussed in their closed-door session, which bordered on the security situation but was shut down by Lawan.
Aduda said: “Mr President, I raised this point of order to bring to the front burner, issues deliberated upon at the closed-door session.

“Resolution made by all Senators at the closed door session which lasted for two hours was to further deliberate on it in plenary and arrive at a resolution to give President Muhammadu Buhari ultimatum on an urgent basis to stop the worsening security situation or face impeachment.”

However, the Senate President cut him short, saying his point of order fell flat on its face because it was not discussed with him prior to raising it.

This prompted some the Senators led  by Aduda to storm out of the chamber, chanting, “All we are saying,  Buhari must go, Nigeria must survive, Ahmad Lawan should follow.”

Adudua, alongside the protesting Senators, including some APC members, who later gathered at the Senate Press Centre blamed the stalemate on the Senate President’s refusal to follow the resolutions the senators across party lines took at the closed-door session.

He said, “We are here to tell Nigerians that as Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are disappointed with the way the worsening security situation across the country is being handled.

“We held closed-door session for two hours, where it was resolved that the issue will be deliberated upon in plenary with an agreed resolution to give President Muhamnadu Buhari  a -six week ultimatum to address the insecurity issue of the country or face impeachment by both Chambers of the National Assembly.”

He added, “We agreed that the primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and property of citizens.

“For us the minority caucus in the Senate, we also took into cognizance the fact that the Senate had at various times convened various security meetings, various security issues were discussed and we did recommend to government various steps and measures aimed at curbing these issues of insecurity. We realised that even Abuja that we are in is no safer and all of you will agree with us.

“So, at the close session we agreed that we will give the President an ultimatum that if it does not comply with the resolutions, we will move immediately to give an impeachment notice. This we agreed at the exclusive session.”

Senanators from other parties, who joined the PDP Senators in the walkout, included Enyinnaya Abaribe (APGA Abia South), Ibrahim Shekarau (NNPP Kano Central), Francis Onyewuchi (Imo East ) etc, also joined.

Following increasing relentless attacks by terrorists, Nigerian security forces are obviously contending with the worst security scenario ever to confront this country.