Less than 24 hours after lawmakers at the Senate threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity, their counterparts in the House of Representatives have backed the decision to commence impeachment procedure in another six weeks should killings and other insecurity challenges currently experienced across Nigeria do not subside.
They said that the decision by the National Assembly was part of the efforts to save the country from becoming unsafe for both the citizens and foreign nations across Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday, the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, revealed their plans after a closed-door meeting of the joint minority caucus of the National Assembly.
Elumelu said the signatures would be gathered to impeach the President if the security situation across the country which has also affected Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, was not addressed.
He also drew attention to the general state of the nation, including the exchange rate and aviation crisis, alleging that the situation was already crippling the economy.
It would be recalled that before the Representatives meeting, Senators, mostly drawn from the minority caucus, had staged a walkout on the floor of the red chambers.
The minority leader of the Senate, Philip Aduda, had raised a point of order asking the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to discuss the security situation in the country and the impeachment of President Buhari.
But Lawan, who presided over the plenary, declined the request of the minority leader, and claimed that the point of order raised fell flat on its face and that other issues should be discussed.
At a briefing after the walkout, the Senators issued a six-week ultimatum to the President to tackle insecurity across the country or face impeachment.