Senate Says Buhari Incompetent to Tackle Insecurity, Threatens Impeachment
The Senate in Nigeria on Tuesday declared President Muhammadu Buhari incompetent to effectively address insecurity in Nigeria, and threatened to invoke their constitutional powers to impeach him.
While debating a motion moved by Senator Bello Mandiya, representing Katsina South Senatorial District on the abduction of about 330 students of Kankara Science Secondary School in the state on Friday, the senators the senators said they would henceforth take serious actions to make the president take resolutions passed by the Senate seriously.
They considered starting with putting on hold further actions on the 2021 budget.
They also unanimously resolved not to have anything to do with the nation’s service chiefs any longer, and said they have jettisoned their earlier decision to summon the defence minister, military generals and the heads of the security agencies in the country.
Chairman of the senate public accounts committee, Mathew Urhoghide, said the National Assembly had exhausted all avenues to make Buhari tackle insecurity.
“We stood up here to say that the service chiefs should be changed. The more you say, the more annoying it is the President and he will never change.
“The President has no respect for the National Assembly, our resolutions are not being respected.”
Also, the House of Representatives called on the federal government on Tuesday to immediately take action towards securing the release or rescue of all pupils abducted by Boko Haram and bandits in the recent times.
They include the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Borno State in April 2014; Leah Sharibu, the last of the Dapchi schoolgirls taken in Yobe State in February 2018; and the recent Kankara schoolboys kidnapped in Katsina State.
At the plenary on Tuesday, the House unanimously adopted a motion sponsored by 76 members, mostly from the North, titled ‘Call on the Federal Government to Urgently Bring to Total Control, the Attacks on Educational Institutions, Insurgency, Banditry and Kidnappings Across the Country.’
Adopting the motion, the House called on the Federal Government to “review the security architecture of the country because of their seeming demonstration of diminishing returns.”
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