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HURIWA queries Senate’s silence on Buhari’s impeachment threat

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has flayed the Ninth Senate over a planned impeachment move against President Muhammadu Buhari two months after.

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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has flayed the Ninth Senate over a planned impeachment move against President Muhammadu Buhari two months after.

Its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said Nigeria’s security challenges have deteriorated and so worsened that terrorists and bandits have renewed their attacks everywhere in the country since after the impeachment move by the Senate.

Opposition lawmakers had, on July 27, 2022, reaffirmed their resolve to impeach the President if he fails to tame insecurity within a six-week grace which has since elapsed.

The aggrieved legislators had walked out of plenary after Senate President Ahmad Lawan shut down a motion on insecurity and Buhari’s impeachment.

“Significantly, the move cut across party lines as some senators from Buhari’s party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, backed the opposition quest. The APC senators include Adamu Bulkachuwa from Bauchi North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo (Adamawa North) and Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West).

Opposition senators, mainly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had moved to impeach Buhari after a series of audacious and unprecedented attacks by non-state actors, especially in Abuja, the country’s capital.

Terrorists had, in July, ambushed soldiers of the 7 Guards Brigade, killing three and injuring several others, who were returning from the Nigerian Law School in Bwari. The government subsequently shut down FCT schools amid growing fears of increasing attacks.

Fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram insurgent group, on July 5, 2022, attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, freed hundreds of inmates and killed security agents. There have been numerous other attacks on FCT residents, including serial abductions and killings by bandits.

He went on: “But rather than stand on their words as the six-week ultimatum handed down to President Muhammadu Buhari expired, senators at the resumption of plenary last week, kept mum and looked away, pretending as though they never made the move in the first place.

“The failed impeachment threat against Buhari is a slap on all Nigerians going by the showmanship and empty braggadocio on July 27 when they staged a walkout from the upper legislative chamber.

“It is important to ask why did the senators go quiet?”

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