Updated: March 4, 2021
Things are quickly escalating in Nigeria with threats of impeachment and warnings about wars and chaos.
But, but, this is not new in Africa’s most populous country, and some are already calling it Nigeria-style negotiations ahead of a general election next year.
Get the facts: The Nigerian National Assembly on Tuesday threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari should he fail to address 11 grievances, including calling the Inspector General of Police to order and respecting the rule of law.
House of Representatives members and Senators held a joint executive session of both chambers and warned Mr. Buhari to act now or face the consequences.
Their joint session came after police said the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki had been linked to an armed robbery attack on April 5 that left 33 people dead. A suspect had alleged he used to work as a political thug for Mr. Saraki and the weapons used to murder dozens were supplied by the Senate President.
The invitation by the police boss of Mr. Saraki to be questioned about the armed robbery in Kwara state where he hails from, and disagreements within the ruling party led to the 11 resolutions on Tuesday with the 12th one being the threat of impeachment.
In reaction, a northern lawmaker where Mr. Buhari hails from, warned that the country would be thrown into war should Mr. Buhari, 76, be impeached.
Muhammadu Kazaure, a House of Representatives member from Jigawa state, quickly disassociated himself from the National Assembly’s plan to impeach President Buhari.
At a news conference shortly after the ultimatum to the president by the lawmakers, Kazaure said he would not be part of such decision.
”Nobody will impeach the president as far as we are alive in this House because that day, it will be a war day,” he said, according to online newspaper PMNews
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