SENATORS TO BUHARI, End Insecurity Or Go

SENATORS TO BUHARI, End Insecurity Or Go
  • Stage walk out
  • Issue six weeks ultimatum, threaten impeachment

 Abdulateef Bamgbose

Senators yesterday walked out of plenary following alleged refusal of President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan to allow the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda to lead a motion for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari for his inability to address incessant killings of innocent citizens by terrorists.

Recall that at the commencement of plenary on Tuesday; the lawmakers questioned Lawan on why the issue of insecurity was not in the Order Paper.

Displeased with the development, the Senate Minority Leader raised a point of order, calling for deliberation on issues discussed at the closed-door session.

“Mr. President, I raised this point in order to bring to the front burner, issues deliberated upon at the closed-door session.

“Resolutions made by all senators at the closed-door session which lasted for two hours were to further deliberate on it at the plenary and arrive at a resolution to give President Buhari ultimatum on an urgent basis to stop the worsening security situation or face impeachment”, Aduda said.

To mitigate escalation of the issue, the President of the Senate Mr Lawan quickly interrupted him by saying that his point of order was out of place since he did not discuss it with him, and thereafter instructed the Leader of the Senate to proceed with items on the Order Paper.

“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”, Lawan ruled.

In response to the development, all the opposition senators, led by Aduda, stormed out of the chamber chanting, “All we are saying, “Buhari Must Go”; Nigeria must survive; Ahmad Lawan should follow”.

The protesting senators, including Adamu Bulkachuwa , APC – Bauchi North, later gathered at the Senate Press Centre to disclose what transpired during the closed-door session.

Speaking on behalf of the senators at a press briefing, the Minority leader, flanked by the other senators, said their anger was fuelled by the refusal of the President of the Senate to follow resolutions taken by senators across party lines at the closed-door session.

“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 a closed-door session for two hours, where it was resolved that the issue will be deliberated upon at the plenary with an agreed resolution to give President Muhamnadu Buhari six weeks to address it or face impeachment by both chambers of the National Assembly.

“Our walking out of the chamber is to express our disappointment in the way the matter was later handled by the President of the Senate.

“President Buhari has been given all he wanted in terms of adequate funding of the security agencies but nothing to show for it. He needs to shape up or ship out”, Senator Aduda said.

Aduda further revealed that they had issued President Buhari six weeks to resolve terrorist attacks in the country or face impeachment.

The caucus said the impeachment issue was raised during a two-hour closed-door but Lawan was unwilling to allow the matter to be tabled at the plenary despite their agreement.

Aduda said that, several resolutions reached by the National Assembly on the state of the nation, on different occasions, the President have failed to act on any.

Aside from all the PDP senators who participated in the walkout, other senators like Enyinnaya Abaribe (APGA – Abia South), Ibrahim Shekarau (NNPP – Kano Central), Francis Onyewuchi (LP- Imo East), among others, aligned with the protesters.

Senator Aduda who was flanked by others at a press briefing, after they walked out of the Chambers in anger, revealed that they have issued President Muhammadu Buhari six weeks to resolve terrorist attacks in the country or face impeachment.

Meanwhile, President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan yesterday told security agencies in the country to be on alert and do more to stop the heightening spate of insecurity across states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, perpetrated by terrorists.

This was even as he charged political leaders to be alive to their responsibility of ensuring the protection of citizens’ lives.

Addressing lawmakers shortly before the upper chamber adjourned for its annual recess, Lawan bemoaned the incessant killing and maiming of Nigerians by terrorists.  

He assured that the National Assembly would provide the needed support to the military to ensure the restoration of security to affected parts of the country.

He said, “I am particularly concerned like all of us here, through our various interactions, including a very important closed session we had today.

“We, the federal government, have to be on alert and alive to our responsibility, particularly to secure and protect the lives of our citizens.

“The security situation has been a very difficult and challenging one, but, recently, there has been an increase of attacks, killings and maiming of our citizens.

“As part of this administration, we will always provide the kind of support our military and other security agencies require.

“We have done that before through appropriation and approval of the supplementary budget of 2022, where over N900 billion was given as additional funding to our security agencies. “We know that it may not be enough, but that is significant, and we expect our security agencies to do far better than they are doing at the moment.

“As political leaders, we must have it in mind that we are responsible to the citizens”.

The Senate President, informed lawmakers that they might be called upon during recess to attend to national emergencies should the need arise.

Recall that the North West zone , North East zone, South East and North Central have all been ravaged by insecurity. Terrorists organizations Boko Haram and ISWAP have taken over the parts of the above zones especially Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara states but have advanced recently to the Federal Capital Territory where they broke the Kuje Medium security prison unchallenged set free their members and other inmates numbering over 800. As if that was not enough, the terrorist in Abuja attacked a police station at Kwali Area Council , killed a police officer and carted away with ammunitions , also attacked the presidential guards Brigade at the Bwari Area Council killing more than five soldiers and two officers that resulted in the change of venue for Nigeria call to Bar of the lawyers. This situation has sent panic in the wind as colleges in Abuja have been closed. Also the neighbouring Nasarawa State has also ordered the closure of all public and private schools to forestall the attack by the terrorists ravaging the country targeting large numbers of people to kidnap for ransom.

Meanwhile, if President Buhari did not do more to arrest the insecurity situation at the expiration of the six weeks ultimatum around September this year by the concerned Senators, and the senators made real their threat, Buhari might be the first democratically elected president to be removed from office through impeachment.

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