Senators on Tuesday, again, lamented the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to effectively address insecurity in Nigeria, reminding him of their powers of impeachment as contained in the nation’s constitution if the situation persists.
The upper chamber of Nigeria’s bicameral legislature also advocated taking serious actions, including putting on hold further actions on the 2021 budget, that could make the President take resolutions passed by the Senate, seriously.
The lawmakers made this known during a debate on a motion moved by Senator Bello Mandiya from the Katsina South Senatorial District on the abduction of about 330 students of a secondary school in the state, which Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for.
The chamber, however, resolved not to have anything to do with the nation’s service chiefs any longer; hence they dropped their earlier decision to summon the defense minister, military generals, and the heads of the security agencies in the country.
It accordingly resolved to condemn in “very strong terms” the attack on Government Science School, Kankara, in Kastina State which led to the abduction and disappearance of the students.
The Senate also urged Buhari to consider and implement the recommendations of the Senate ad hoc Committee on Nigeria’s security challenges and the Senate resolutions as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
The Chairman of the Senate Public Accounts Committee, Mathew Urhoghide, therefore, lamented that National Assembly had exhausted all avenues to make Buhari tackle insecurity.
“We stood up here to say that the service chiefs should be changed. The more you say, the more annoying it is to the President and he will never change.”
“Therefore Mr. President please, the President must be compelled to act on Senate resolutions, I am not saying that the President should be impeached; no, it would be premature, but let us compel him to sit up and obey our resolutions.”
“The President has no respect for the National Assembly, our resolutions are not being respected.”