Nigerian senators, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, has threatened to impeach the President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and the country at large.
The senators, who are in the opposition, gave the President a six-week ultimatum to address the security crisis or face impeachment proceedings.
The ultimatum was issued at the senate plenary on Wednesday as fears over insecurity in Abuja worsened with the government ordering schools to shut to prevent attacks by terrorists.
The nation’s capital had been gripped by fear following the attack by suspected terrorists on the elite Presidential Guards Brigade by gunmen along the Bwari-Kubwa road on Sunday in which a captain, lieutenant and six soldiers were killed. Three others were injured in The personnel were on their way to the Bwari campus of the Nigeria Law School which had received a threat when they were ambushed.
Following this development, the security forces Tuesday deployed troops and policemen in strategic locations in the FCT, including helicopters and drones.
The impeachment moves against Buhari began when the Senate Minority Leader and the senator representing the FCT, Philip Aduda, Peoples Democratic Party, FCT, raised a point of order for the Senate to deliberate on issues raised at the closed-door session which lasted for two hours.
The Senate President, after the session, announced that issues relating to smooth running of the Senate and unity in Nigeria were deliberated upon but instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items listed on the order paper.
Miffed by the development, Aduda raised a point of order, calling for deliberation on issues discussed at the closed-door session.
He 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.”
The Senate President quickly interrupted him by saying that his point of order fell flat on its face since he didn’t discuss it with him.
Lawan in his ruling said, “Minority leader, when you’re going to come under a point of order, first, you’re supposed to cite the order.
“Secondly, you’re supposed to discuss with me what you’re going to raise on the floor. You didn’t. Thirdly, we have already passed that stage. So, at this moment, I really don’t know what the point of order is, as such it falls flat on its face.”
He, thereafter, instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items on the order paper.
In response to the development, all the Senators across the opposition parties led by Aduda stormed out of the chamber chanting, “All we are saying, Buhari must go, Nigeria must survive, Ahmad Lawan should follow .”
However, reacting to threats by the lawmakers, the Federal Government said it is “working 24 hours” to bring the situation under control.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who addressed House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Buhari, commended the lawmakers for their patriotism but added that work is ongoing to restore order.
The minister said, “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.
“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.”
Similarly, the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday night described the opposition actions as “performative and babyish antics”.
He also commended Lawan for turning down the motion, saying it was quite appropriate and correct.
The statement added, “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.”