The two chambers of the National Assembly may have commenced a discreet move to unseat President Mohammadu Buhari through the impeachment process, for his alleged failure to contain the rampant killing in parts of the country by suspected Fulani Herdsmen, DAILY ASSET learnt at the weekend.
Although there has been no love lust between the two chambers of the National Assembly and the Executive under President Buhari, the killing of about 200 mourners of the COCIN in Rop, Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau state last week may have fuelled the plot, sources close to some principal officers of the National Assembly revealed.
Six Senators, each drawn from the six geo-political zones in the country across the ruling-All Progressives Congress(APC) and the main opposition-Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) were said to have been appointed to coordinate the collection of signatures from members.
Another Committee was also allegedly set up to intensify consultation with critical groups and political leaders across the different spectrum of the country, it was learnt.
Although the Presiding officers of both chambers, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were not in attendance, the sources close to the meeting hinted that the presiding officers were aware of the move and would be kept abreast with developments on the matter.
In the wake of the killings in Jos, enraged Saraki and Dogara rushed to Aso Rock Friday to confer with President Buhari to get briefed about what he was doing to halt further killings by some Herdsmen.
Dogara who fielded questions from State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with the President disclosed that the president working on reorganizing security to address the killings in some parts of the country.
However, Saraki in an interview with newsmen wondered why some security chiefs were still holding on to their posts when it was evident that they had failed. He hinted that the Senate would go back to its early resolution passed at an executive session on June 5, 2018 in which the legislators demanded the outright sacking of the Security Chiefs particularly, the Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idriss who they described as an enemy of democracy and also threatened to invoke the constitutional provision of impeachment if the resolutions at the executive session were not implemented.
““we reaffirm our earlier resolution of vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police who does nothing other than preside over the killing of innocent Nigerian and consistent framing up of perceived political opponents of the President and outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative.
” Finally, the National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed today.”
The Legislators according to our source were disappointed that weeks after the executive session, no serious action had been taken by the executive arm to restore security and stop the killings;
“The National Assembly has been pushed to the wall. It must act now for the people of this country” the source told DAILY ASSE
The move from the National Assembly is coming on the heels of calls from influential Nigerians and groups on the President to step down.
Archbishop emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie in an open letter to President Buhari in the wake of the killings had asked the president to step down from office saying he had failed in his constitutional duty to protect lives and property of Nigerians.
“In an open letter to Buhari, entitled, “Dear Mr. President, Call a Spade a Spade,” Okogie said, “Dear Mr. President, we must call a spade a spade. You were elected to protect the land and its people but neither is being protected under your watch.
“You therefore have the most important decision of your career to make. And that decision is this: Are you for Nigerians or not?”
“The number (of Nigerians) killed under your watch, Mr. President, provides more than convincing evidence that the government you lead has failed to secure our lives. You are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“If more than three years into your administration, you have been unable to stop these killings, why don’t you seriously consider the option of an honourable renunciation of the presidential seat?
“One of the major factors behind the patent failure of your government is the fact that you are surrounded by men and women who fail to tell you the truth about Nigeria and who shield you from seeing what is happening to the ordinary Nigerians.
“Instead of assisting you in the governance of this country, they insult those whose dissenting opinions you need if you are to succeed.
“How does one explain the fact that under your watch as the Commander-in-Chief, agencies established to maintain law and order, instead of protecting innocent citizens of this country, dissipate their energy running after members of opposing parties? Do you call that democracy?
“No right-thinking person would advocate letting anyone off who has committed a crime. No one is above the law, not even you, Mr. President. That is why the Constitution provides for a process of removing the President
“A member of the Miyetti Allah appeared on television, justifying as retaliatory the killings in Plateau State. He was not the first member of the Miyetti Allah to make the statement.
“Nigerians are baffled that he has yet to be arrested. Where were those responsible for our security at a time they were needed most?
“The latest killings in Plateau State make us wonder: where were you, Mr. President, while innocent lives were being wasted in Plateau State? Where were your service chiefs when babies were being ripped out of their mothers’ wombs by men who claim to do so because of their cows?” the letter stated in part.
Like Okogie, the Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) also called on the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to declare the office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria vacant.
The organisation’s Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, said in a stteemnt in Abuja that the unabated massacre of helpless Nigerians across the country and most importantly the North East and North Central was a clear indication that the control of the country is “no longer” in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari, urging the leadership of the National Assembly to step in and save whatever is left of the nation’s sanity by declaring the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria unoccupied.
“We consider the continuous massacre of majorly vulnerable citizens across the country and predominately the North Central as a strong indication that our country is no longer in the hands of President Buhari.
“It is impossible to imagine that over 200 Nigerians can be slaughtered within a week and the occupant of the office of the Commander-in-Chief has taken no evident steps into ending the menace, the group said in a statement.
“The situation in the North Central is beginning to take the footing of genocide as against the claim of clashes.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in his sacred duty to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. The people can no longer be subjected to what is looking like a state sponsored attack being perpetrated by Herdsmen who are allegedly getting the support of Service Chiefs and top officials in the Presidency.
“We therefore find it of immediate national importance to call on the leadership of the National Assembly to convene an emergency joint plenary to declare the office of the President vacant and place all Service Chiefs under arrest for treason,” the statement read.