The decision of the National Assembly to investigate President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged constitutional violations as well as his summon to appear before a joint sitting over the daily bloodletting in our country is completely in consonant with the mood of the nation and the expectations of Nigerians.
More so, the vote of no confidence passed on the Service Chiefs by
federal lawmakers is a direct indictment of President Buhari, as a
failed commander in chief of our armed forces, who must be held
responsible for the security failures of our nation in the last three
President Buhari has roundly failed in his oath of office and allegiance; he has roundly failed to dress his parade as a commander-in-chief in the last three years and must not be allowed to hide behind the Service Chiefs for his failures.
Nigerians are very eager to listen to President Buhari and watch him
respond to them through their National Assembly members. We therefore habour no reservations in urging the federal lawmakers, as
representatives of the people, not to succumb to any form of executive
intimidation, blackmail and pressure to surrender their constitutional
powers and duties.
Section 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) fully empowers the National Assembly, as the collective voice and conscience of the people, to summon any person, including the President, to give evidence
on any matter of state and to apply appropriate sanctions for
Since the matter of failed security is of paramount importance to all,
we firmly demand that President Buhari take questions and address our nation in an open session of the National Assembly.
Nigerians are eager to know why the Buhari administration is completely insensitive to their plight and why it has refused to take decisive steps to end the ceaseless killing and daily pillaging of citizens by insurgents and marauders.
They are also eager to know why President Buhari, particularly, failed
to act on intelligence reports and danger signs from flash points,
particularly in Benue, Taraba, Yobe, Adamawa, Plateau, Zamfara, Kogi
among others; a development that paved the way for the massacre of
helpless citizens in these states.
Furthermore, Nigerians are anxious to know why it took President Buhari months before he visited the troubled states; allowed his handlers to turn supposed condolence visits into political rallies to further his ill-fated 2019 re-election bid.
We commend the courage exhibited by our lawmakers in initiating the
constitutional process on the violations of our constitution
particularly in the controversial Tucano fighter jets purchase deal and in summoning Mr. President to shed light on his efforts at curbing the endless mindless killings across our nation.
Finally, we charge our legislators to note that Nigerians are looking up
to them to rescue our nation at this critical time. They must therefore
brace up to the imperatives of patriotism and set in motion necessary machinery that will ensure security and cohesion in our country.