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Impeachment: Senators Target Senate President

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Some Nigerian senators are presently fighting for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari after a six-week ultimatum was issued to the president to end insecurity ravaging the nation. Some days back several Senators had staged a walk-out from Plenary after what seemed like a deliberate avoidance by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan to discuss issues pertaining to Buhari's alleged incompetency in conquering the lingering battle with insecurity. Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, Senator representing Osun East, Francis Fadahunsi has disclosed that there are moves to impeach Buhari adding to this confirmation he stated that if Ahmed attempts to block the proceedings he would be sacked.

“We have been talking and giving suggestions on how we could end the insecurity challenges facing the country but the Head (Senate President) is hooked to the Villa. He has been frustrating all our moves to take drastic measures against the President.”

“We have now made up our mind to strike now that the iron is still hot instead of wasting our time, cooperating with the Ahmad Lawan leadership while the nation is being destroyed by terrorists with no plan by the government to stop them. We won’t wait until we are all killed.”

“We have now decided to pull out of the ‘rubber stamp’ arrangement so that the whole of Nigeria would know that we have not been in support of the failing economy, the huge debts accumulation, falling naira, insecurity across the country, and the unprecedented forms of corruption going on in the polity.”

“Unfortunately, the man heading us now (Lawan) was leading the opposition lawmakers before and was challenging the rots in the system then. Now, he doesn’t want anyone to challenge Buhari’s government when things are falling apart every day. Any leader that opposes such a challenge in a democratic setting must also be challenged because we are elected by the people.”

“Go and interview most of the senators. There is no effective oversight of the ministries, departments, and agencies of the federal government. Buhari will bring the budget and his people here will want us to pass it as he brings it. No examinations and heads of MDAs are doing what they like.” “That is why we resolved that if we come back on September 20 and discovered that the situation is still the same, with no appreciable steps taken, we would impeach him.”, he disclosed.

Reacting to the development, presidential media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu both condemned the action of the opposition senators.

Adesina had said, “I think it (impeachment) was just bravado, and sadly, security is not something you subject to bravado. You don’t begin to issue flippant ultimatums in something that is a matter of life and death.”

Shehu had also said, “The performative and babyish antics of those senators staging a walk-out notwithstanding, Senate President Ahmad Lawan’s refusal on Wednesday to entertain the ridiculous motion to impeach our president was quite appropriate and correct.”