It is somewhat an imbecile action, for one to even contemplate impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari at this time. True, insecurity has worsened since the coming of this government in 2015. However, insecurity started with military incursion in politics in 1966 – 1993.
From General Yakubu Gowon’s regime to General Olusegun Obasanjo, and General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the coup of 1966 was the beginning of insecurity. The armed robbery and other criminal acts were as a result of insecurity.
There were also the Niger Delta militants who were destroying crude oil pipelines and other oil installations; the separatists calling for their own country and in the North-east of Nigeria were Boko Haram terrorists, which was created in 2009 by the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, government inherited most of these militant groups from past governments. One wonders if we have forgotten the root causes of the current happenings with regards to the rising insecurity in Nigeria.
The South-east zone has the proscribed Indigenous People of the Republic of Biafra, IPOB, demanding their own country. The group are killing northerners whether Muslims or Christians, for the mere fact that the person hails from the northern part of the country called Nigeria. The North-west, where President Buhari comes from, is besieged by bandits, kidnapping and killing for ransom.
In the North, women and children have been in turmoil at the hands of their captors and nobody even outside Nigeria has stopped it. Yet, some unconcerned Nigerian senators who are enjoying their seat at the cosy Senate chamber are shameless agitated that, if insecurity is not halted by the president within six weeks, they would impeach him.
This is laughable. There are armed groups in the constituencies of such senators who kill security agents including northerners but the senators have done little or nothing to stop the killings. I, therefore, advise these senators, especially, of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to go back to their states and control the brigands before calling for the impeachment of Mr. President.
Yes, the senators can do so if they are sincere about their concern for the security of this nation. It is evident that every inch of insecurity in Nigeria began from the South-east – armed robbery, kidnapping and what have you. This has now spread to the North with cattle rustling, kidnapping and unfortunately Boko Haram insurgency. Mr. President is close to quit and a new government will take over in 2023.
It appears the senators calling for the impeachment of President Buhari are those who failed to secure return tickets from their parties. Nevertheless, nobody is perturbed by their action because we have seen the American Senate which twice attempted the impeachment of their presidents – Bill Clinton and Donald Trump – to no avail.
There was also the case of then President Olusegun Obasanjo because of his third term agenda. Well, we pray that insecurity will be a thing of the past, by the grace of God. I hope senators enjoying the nectar of their seats would contribute money to assist the needy now in various Internally Displaced People’s, IDPs, in Maiduguri, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, etc.
I also urge President Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, address the issues of insecurity, hunger, poverty and the general socio-economic challenges bedeviling the country, which seem to give room for the devil to cause anarchy. My God bring peace to Nigeria. Nigerians should always pray and relate goodness to Nigeria.
Comrade Ibrahim Abdu Zango,
Chairman, Kano Unity Forum,