Senate to revisit impeachment threat against Buhari on Tuesday – Nexus News
The upper legislative chamber, billed to resume on Tuesday from the end of session recess, will sit as a whole to review the security state in the country since it gave the deadline and come up with further decisions.
Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators in the senate had staged a walkout after Senate President Ahmad Lawan debunked a suggestion by the minority leader, Philip Aduda. The lawmakers left the chamber after Lawan did not permit Aduda to present his stand on insecurity. The opposition senators, numbering over 20, later gave the president a six-week ultimatum to address insecurity in the country or risk being impeached.
Speaking after the walkout, the minority leader stated that he wanted to give President Muhammadu Buhari an ultimatum to resolve insecurity in the country or face impeachment proceedings.
Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West, who is also an APC member, later informed journalists that the move for impeachment was a joint decision of the entire Senate. “It is a collective decision. Perhaps, only about four senators have reservations about it.”
The move for the impeachment of the president came as a result of violent attacks across the nation and security threats in the Federal Capital Territory. While some Nigerians applauded the move by the opposition senators, others stated that they waited for too long to act and only announced the impeachment threat because the criminals have entered Abuja.
Speaking with Newsmen yesterday, in a telephone interview on what to expect from the Senate on the impeachment plan as it reschedules, Adeyemi revealed that agitations that culminated in the impeachment threat were borne out of patriotism and not out of any partisan sentiments.
“Accordingly, and in the same spirit, senators will review the entire security situation and take a position,” the lawmaker said.
He stated that the Senate as a body would assess all security developments and conditions between the time the ultimatum was issued and now, to take a very stern objective stance.
The lawmaker, however, noticed that there has been a fresh drive against insecurity in recent times.
Adeyemi, who noted that he was not in a position to decide for the Senate on the next line of action, expressed the hope that the new drive will continue.
However, it was observed that political considerations might damage the unity with which Senators protested against the condemnable security situation before the Senate went on break in July.
A lawmaker revealed that some members of the Senate leadership in the leading party are seeking to weaken the inter-party agreement and unity among lawmakers on the situation of insecurity.
“It is open for all to see. Just some days ago, they were already commending the President for what they called a job well done on security. How do you think a person who has already commended the presidency will support any sanction against him?” he questioned.
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Just last week, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, complimented the Armed Forces for the continuous fight against terrorists, banditry and kidnapping in the last month.
Lawan, in a speech to declare open a National Policy discussion on Corruption and Insecurity in Nigeria, applauded the military for flushing and bombing insurgents and terrorists in States such as Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara, in particular.
“Only recently, the president gave a marching order to the armed forces to extinguish bandits, kidnappers and other criminal agents against the state and her citizens, by December 2022. This administration is committed to achieving this set target,” he had said.
Also last week, the Senate leadership faulted the high rate of unemployment and insecurity in the nation on the lack of proper training and skills in Nigerian universities.
It bewails that most of those who finish from the universities are not well trained for the jobs and as such end up losing the jobs even if they have them.
Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, speaking at the start of the Graduate Skills Training (GST) programme of an Abuja-based technology center, TerraSkills, advised Nigerians not to blame President Muhammadu Buhari or the National Assembly over the high unemployment rate, saying that many graduates are not trained properly.
The Center is known for training over 4,000 Nigerian graduates in different areas of specialization for employment in the country’s public and private sectors.
Kalu, who was there along with the deputy Whip of the Senate, Saabi Abdullahi, reported that many lecturers don’t know what they were teaching in the tertiary institutions, which is making the country produce graduates that are unskilled.