Lawmaker confirms impeachment move against Buhari

Buhari confers with the Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila during the former's previous visit to the National Assembly

A member of the National Assembly representing Gwer East federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Mark Gbillah, Monday confirmed that impeachment move was eventually moved against President Muhammadu Buhari because of the administration’s failure to respond to issues of national security. 

Gbillah who is the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), spoke on a private radio station, ‘Rave FM’ in Osogbo, Osun state. 

According to him, the impeachment move was necessary because it remain the last option considering the “dire period” of the nation, and the attitude of the present administration to the issues. 

He said, “We have the constitutional mandate to hold the executive accountable for the issues bedevilling our country. Section 14(2b) of the constitution is very clear that the security and welfare of the people is the primary role of government and it is very obvious to many Nigerians that this administration has failed in that regard. 

“So, it is necessary as those who seems to be conscious of the failure of this administration in this regard, to raise that fundamental issue and to explore constitutional avenue, to hold the government accountable which include initiating impeachment against the president. 

“It is unfortunate that, instead of our colleagues in the ruling party to see whether what we tried to do is constitutional, they started playing politics with issue, even they themselves are confronting in their constituencies. 

“This is rather unfortunate and I was personally disappointed in the APC senators who seem to be more interested in eulogising the president instead of holding him accountable and try to help Nigerians get through this very dire period in our nation’s history. 

“Kidnapping is now the order of the day with absolutely no intervention from the security operatives. It does not even appear as if our intelligent network in this country functions any longer. 

“The National Security Adviser in a statement said certain military expenditure and equipment can not be accounted for, in this administration.”

On whether the impeachment move can succeed, Gbillah said “we are going to take actions that are necessary and let Nigerians and posterity take notice of the partisanship the APC prefer to play, instead of stand in defense of the nation.”

Noting that over 30 were killed in his constituency in the last three weeks, Gbillah said, “one of the problems is the lack of political will by this administration. You can see that till date, this administration has not declared herdsmen as terrorist, but on the other hand, proscribed IPOB which until now has not been recorded to have killed anyone. So, this kind of bias responses are not acceptable to us in the legislature. 

“You can also recall recently when a broadcasting commission fined Channels TV for hearing the statement of an IPOB leader, while the same Chanel has aired statement by Miyeti Allah threatening the whole nation and the TV station was not fined at that time. This is completely unacceptable and we should raise alarm to all well meaning Nigerians of where this administration is taking us.”

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