Group wants office of the Nigerian President declared vacant following another massacre 

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Updated: March 7, 2021


An advocacy group on Monday urged the Nigerian National Assembly to declare the office of President Muhammadu Buhari vacant following another massacre in Plateau state on Sunday.

The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) called on the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to act immediately, arguing that the country was without leadership.

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President Muhammadu Buhari Chats with the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo others during the 2018 National Convention of the Party at the Eagle Square in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 23 2018

In a statement  to Today News Africa on Monday and signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, AIED said “the unabated massacre of helpless Nigerians across the country and most importantly the North East and North Central is a clear indication that the control of the country is “no longer” in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group urged 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 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.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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