Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday clashed over moves to begin impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari.
News had earlier reported that the Minority Caucus of the National Assembly expressed readiness to impeach President Buhari if he should continue to breach the constitution.
This was made known to newsmen on Tuesday by the leader of the caucus and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Senator Abaribe has listed the various constitutional breaches which he said the caucus would rely upon to invoke its constitutional powers, should the breaches persist.
He stated that Buhari has failed to guarantee the primary purpose of the government, which is security and welfare.
However, APC lawmakers kicked against calls for Buhari’s impeachment, insisting that the president was doing his best to tackle the situation.
Speaking on Wednesday during plenary, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP – Ekiti South) urged her colleagues not to hesitate to opt for Buhari’s impeachment whenever the need arose.
She said, “Impeachment is not yet on the table. When it is on the table, we would all look at it squarely in the face because if we have a serious problem like what we have in Nigeria, we need to also think seriously about the solution.”
Responding, Yusuf Yusuf (APC – Taraba Central) rejected Olujimi’s call to move against the president.
“If you impeach the President, who takes over? Is it not the Vice President? Is it not the same government? Or you remove the president and his vice, and the Senate President takes over, is it not the same government?
“We must think out of the box and part of that is to see it as our own responsibility to solve insecurity in this country.
“Intelligence is very important. Yes, there are some elements of frustration here and there, yes, I agree. This is governance. If you are frustrated, that does not mean that you should condemn, kill and damage, no.
“In my own opinion, President Muhammadu Buhari is doing the best that he could. We must also synergize with him. We must give him the kind of assistance that will help solve our problem.
“The responsibility to provide security lies not only on President Muhammadu Buhari, but also on all state governors, who also control the local governments,” he said.
Not willing to back down, Senator Olujimi maintained that Nigerians are tired of the lingering insecurity in the country.
She said: “For instance, we have a 12-year -old insurgency with us, the Boko Haram in the North-East, then we got this nasty experience of insecurity.
“What will it cost us to declare insecurity a national emergency so that everybody will take it very seriously?
“I see that the will to do it is not there and the leadership is not rising to the occasion. When a country is fighting insecurity, it needs a committed leader to be in the saddle.
“I believe and hope that the President will rise to the occasion and give us a time frame whereby the current state of insecurity will be tackled once and for all.
“To think that robbers could strike at the villa which is the epitome of security for all of us is unthinkable. They even gained access to the apartment of the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, then we are in serious trouble. on
“The time for the government to do something serious is now. We must not allow people to resort to self-help because it could take us to a different direction.
“The President should sit up because of insecurity. This is Ramadan yet nobody is traveling because they are not sure of what they will meet at home. I hope somebody is listening.”
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June 7, 2023