Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have announced that they may soon begin impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP lawmakers in a statement on Tuesday, July 21, warned they will commence impeachment proceedings against Buhari if the insecurity challenges in Nigeria do not improve and if what they termed as the calculated blackmail against the National Assembly is not checked, Premium Times reported.
The PDP caucus in the House gave the president a four-week ultimatum to provide security to Nigerians and commence proper cleaning of they described as the embarrassing and notorious corruption cases in the country or face impeachment.
“We will go back to the relevant sections of the Constitution and begin impeachment proceedings in the interests of Nigeria and Nigerians,” said faction leader Kingsley Chinda.
According to opposition lawmakers, the lack of respect for the Constitution by the appointees of the Executive branch became the basis for initiating the impeachment process.
They also complained that everywhere in the country is unsafe due to constant attacks by terrorists, kidnappers and bandits. Meanwhile, following growing instability in Nigeria, the Senate on Tuesday, July 21, asked the country’s service leaders to step aside without further delay.
It was noted that the resolution followed a proposal by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno), who expressed concern about the reported voluntary retirement of more than 200 army officers.
Red chamber also referred to its joint Committee on security to find out why the officers deserting from service.
In reaction to Ndume’s motion, senators called for the dismissal of the service chiefs during plenary on Tuesday, July 21. The Senate also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against the operations of the military to find a way forward.
In another report, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, July 20, declared that terrorism and banditry would end in Nigeria when the citizens of the country decide.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Buratai made this known when he visited the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the war against insecurity in the country.
He made the statement when speaking to newsmen after the meeting with the president, he said in order to put the menace behind, all Nigerians must join hands in the fight, adding that the criminals involved are mostly citizens of the country.