Senators And Impeachment Ploy

<strong>Senators And Impeachment Ploy</strong>

On Wednesday, the nation was jolted by the senate whose minority caucus was pushed from what some public analysts have tagged; “rise from a deep slumber.” It was mainly the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led minority and pockets of the ruling APC senators that fired the first salvo, insisting that there must be a reversal of the deplorable security situation across the country as they called on President Muhammadu Buhari to weigh in as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Senator Philip Aduda, PDP who doubles as the minority leader led his colleagues, perhaps the most obvious and potent objection against the president since the inception of the ninth Senate, a situation that has made a few people to refer to the National Assembly as a rubber stamp entity.   

Within the same context, the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives joined its Senate counterpart in issuing a six weeks ultimatum to the President to address insecurity or risk impeachment.

The House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, gave the notice yesterday, after a meeting of the Senate PDP Caucus at the NASS Complex in Abuja.

The meeting was chaired by Senate Minority Leader, Aduda with more than 20 lawmakers in attendance.

The lawmakers held a closed-door meeting, after which Elumelu briefed journalists on the resolution reached.

He stated that members of the House will also present a formal impeachment notice against the president if the general insecurity in the country was not addressed at expiration of the six-week ultimatum

It was reported that prior to the issue gaining prominence in national discourse, the PDP senators staged a walkout during a plenary session over insecurity in the country.

The lawmakers walked out of the chamber after the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disallowed a motion on insecurity and impeachment of Mr Buhari. Following the disagreement between the Senate Minority Leader and the Senate President in the hallowed chambers, the dissenting caucus demonstrated their resentment to the Senate President’s obduracy on the matter. Lawan told the Senate that there were ‘errors’ in the Minority caucus ‘point of order’, striking it out on arrival.

With the six weeks ultimatum given by the Minority caucus to the President to overhaul the nation’s security response against terrorists and other criminal elements across the country or face impeachment, it brings to fore the sudden jolt of these members of the Senate who have suddenly become agitated.

Indeed, the response by the Senate caucus is a measure coming later than ever given the scenario that the red flags have been there over the years that we were heading towards the tipping point as far as the burning issues of insecurity are concerned, many have noted.

Not unexpected, the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina rose to the defence of his principal as doing what is adequate in the face of the boiling cauldron that has caused unprecedented national disaster where terrorists are having a field day beyond their known traditional theatre of the North East, with kidnappers turning the nation to one large market and unknown gunmen becoming trigger-happy-ever than any moment in our history.

Adesina’s zealousness is understandable, since he must keep a job, however, he must realise that the grim issues of our national security should not be played to the gallery by any responsible government and its agents. We urge him to be circumspect in dealing with these sensitive matters so as not to fall to the side of posterity.   

While, we acquiesce to the Senate minority’s position on the unmatchable response of the state against the forces of instability, it appears they are coming too late with this concern. An impeachment threat is unnecessary at this point when the Buhari government is less than a year to quit the saddle. Such a process is tortuous and cumbersome and is unlikely to sail through in a short while. The timing indeed is not auspicious. Why are they just waking up from their lethargy?

We urge them instead to put up a voice on what is needed immediately. What the nation needs at this time is a quick fix, a remedial measure pending a more enduring response. The situation indeed calls for a desperate action to mitigate the recurring toll these acts of insurgencies are taking on our country.

We call on the President to walk the talk as the leader who rode to power on one flank of dismantling terrorism and related issues. Being a war horse to the height of a retired general and in his present status as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces he must take the bull by the horns, else posterity will judge him harshly. Nigerians and the entire West African sub-region are looking up to him; we must win the war against terrorists.

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