Nigerian federal lawmakers on Tuesday threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari should he fail to take immediate actions on 11 resolutions handed to him following an emergency meeting.
“The National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed today,” the lawmakers said following a joint executive session.
The lawmakers said Mr. Buhari should end the killings of innocent Nigerians, the selective fight against corruption, the intimidation of those who are perceived as political enemies, the use of security forces to harass and detain those with contrary opinions.
It was the harshest criticism of the Buhari administration by members of the National Assembly since Mr. Buhari zoomed into power in 2015 promising to turn a country on the brink of chaos and at the peak of official corruption into a land of milk, honey and decency.
Why does this matter?: The resolutions by the lawmakers are coming after the Inspector-General of Police said the Senate President Abubakar Saraki had been linked to an armed robbery attack on April 5 that left at least 33 people dead in Kwara state.
At least one suspect said he used to work for the Senate President as a political thug, and the weapons used in the armed robbery were supplied by the Senate President. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has also been accused of some criminality.
In Nigeria, politicians are known to arm thugs to intimidate voters, kill political enemies, protect politicians against attacks by their enemies, and protect the thugs against thugs from other camps. Elections in Nigeria often look like wars.
As Nigeria enters election mood, tension has been rising between the executive and the National Assembly with accusations and counter-accusations of robbery attacks and corruption, but the resolutions on Tuesday by the National Assembly, exposed the toxic relationship between Buhari, Saraki and Dogara.
Below are the resolutions reached today by the National Assembly in Nigeria.
The National Assembly held a joint Executive session today Tuesday June 5, 2018 where lawmakers decided as follows;
1. The Security Agencies must be given marching orders to curtail the sustained killings of Nigerians across the country and protect life and properties of Nigerians as this is the primary duty of any responsible Government.
2. The systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents, people with contrary opinions including Legislators and Judiciary by the police and other security agencies must stop.
3. There must be strict adherence to the Rule of Law and protection for all citizens by the President and his appointees.
4. The President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act which will ridicule or endanger our country and democracy.
5. The Government should show sincerity in the fight against corruption by not being selective also prosecute current appointees that have cases pending against them.
6. The sanctity of the National Assembly should be protected and preserved the Federal Government of Nigeria by not interfering in its business and prosecuting those who invaded the Senate to seize the mace.
7a. National Assembly should liaise with International Communities through the IPU, APU, ECOWAS, CPA, Parliament, Pan African Parliament, EU, UN, US congress and UK Parliament to secure our democracy.
b. Democratic elections must be competitive and inclusive by removing the present reign of fear and intimidation particularly as we approach the forthcoming 2019 elections.
8. The National Assembly will work closely with Civil Society Organisations, Trade Unions and NGOs to further deepen and protect our democracy
9. The President must take immediate steps to contain the growing level of unemployment and poverty in Nigeria especially now that we have advantage of the oil price having risen to $80 per barrel.
10. Both chambers of the National Assembly hereby pass a vote of confidence on the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the entire leadership of the National Assembly.
11. 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 Nigerians and consistent framing up of perceived political opponents of the President and outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative.
12. Finally, the National Assembly will not hesitate to evoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed today.
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