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Nigerian opposition senators are calling for Buhari’s impeachment over security issues

Muhammadu Buhari (File: AFP)

  • Ten months shy of the presidential elections of Nigeria, opposition senators press for the country’s lifethere, Muhammadu Buhari be impeached.
  • A motion that gave Buhari six weeks to improve the country’s security if he faces impeachment was blocked during a session of the Senate.
  • Nigeria is struggling with several problems, including gang activity, an Islamic insurgency and mass school kidnappings.

Nigerian opposition senators pushed for President Muhammadu Buhari to face impeachment, 10 months before the end of his second term, over the country’s spreading security problems, the Senate Minority Leader said on Wednesday.

Nigerians will go to the polls in February 2023 to elect a new president in a hotly contested vote where security and the state of the economy will be the main issues.

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At a closed session of the Senate, senators from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) tried to introduce a motion giving Buhari six weeks to improve the country’s security or face an attack, Senator Philip Aduda said.

He said:

Nowhere is safe in Nigeria, even Abuja. Urgent steps must be taken…we have given the president six weeks to fix the problem, or we impeach him.

Aduda said the motion was blocked by the Senate President, prompting a walkout by the opposition senators. Parliament is controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party and any move to impeach Buhari would require support by two thirds of Senators.

The Presidency in a statement supports the President of the Senate for not “entertaining the ridiculous motion to impeach our President”.

Nigeria is grappling with security issues across its vast territory, including armed robberies by criminal gangs, an Islamic insurgency in the northeast and numerous mass school kidnappings in the northwest.

The government’s information minister Lai Mohammed said the implementation was propaganda.

“We are working round the clock … to ensure that the situation is brought under control,” Mohammed said.

Nigerian authorities ordered schools in the capital Abuja to close on Wednesday two days before the summer holidays to avoid becoming soft targets for terror as insecurity spreads, highlighting the country’s security challenges.

Islamic State claimed responsibility this month for a prison raid in Abuja that freed about 440 inmates.

Nigerian opposition senators are calling for Buhari’s impeachment over security issues

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