Terror, and impeachment threat on Buhari
The threat of terror – particularly targeted towards the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai – is most arguably the hallmark of danger and recklessness of any nominal democratic entity.
A pathetically torturous video of Abuja-Kaduna train abductees which poses a psychological pressure on Buhari has precipitated a certain House of Senate Peoples Democratic Party’s minority caucus – championed by Senator Philip Aduda – to cast impeachment threat on Mr President – “All we are saying: #BuhariMustGo”.
Giving the President six weeks to fix the existential political character isn’t realistic and also doesn’t reveal, really, how urgent the caucus wants the change, simply because of the systematically rigorous constitutional procedure of impeachment – or “removal” as some would say – of Mr President. Some sort of Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s lot could actually speak more loud and clear.
It does beggar belief, doesn’t it, to think that the #BuhariMustGo chanters have suddenly become daring, audacious and emboldened to confront Mr Buhari, having long suffered from what I call “Buharophobia”, namely, cowardly silence and stinking hypocrisy?
Practically speaking, if we aren’t facing the problems in the face, and according them the necessary growing changes, we’d continually be facing what George Orwell terms “catastrophic gradualism”, which has gained a stunningly spiralling momentum in Buhari’s Groundhog Days.
Now, inflation rate has hit 19.6% domestically affecting the qualitative and quantitative outputs of staple foods while also dramatically impairing the Naira-to-Dollar exchange rate (N710-$1). Internationally, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has impacted, extremely, on the dwindling gross domestic product (first quarter 2022: 3.11%) of the manufacturing and industrial markets. For economic reformation, diversification into the informal sectors is crucial to cut down on the budget deficit and burgeoning borrowings resulting from importation surplus and political inflation.
At the administrative level, checks and balances, unhindered by separation of powers, should be of paramount importance. But to achieve that, there has to be a system or standard that puts to test the true integrity and character quality of pervasively ambitious politicians.
Buhari’s Nigeria is practically at the final phase of “open insurgency,” which is characterised by, says Walter, “sustained violence as increasingly active extremists launch attacks that involve terrorism and guerilla warfare, including assassinations and ambushes.”
In particular, from the April 14, 2014, raiding of hundreds of Borno Chibok girls by Boko Haramists to the February 2021 Niger State Kagara abduction of tens of people, including teachers and students, terroristic attacks have increasingly exacerbated and in fact put the country under a wholesome siege. If there was ever a time our “thinking” and “talking” are taking shape, it’s now – which would make much sense if taken to yet another dimension – that is, to declare war on terror.
• Segun Ige (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Lagos-based journalist