The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the house of representatives has called the House to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari over his inability to tame the menace of insecurity plaguing the country.
The caucus accused the president of “gross incompetence and continuous breach” of his constitutional power to secure Nigeria and Nigerians from internal and external assault, according to a statement released on Sunday.
They likened him to Emperor Nero, an emperor of ancient Rome who is fabled to have “fiddled while Rome burned”.
The lawmakers hinged their call on the recent Boko haram attack in Borno during which at least 43 farmers were slaughtered by col-blooded Boko-Haram terrorists.
Kingsley Chinda, leader of the caucus, asked Nigerians to “wake up” their representatives in the legislative chamber to commence Buhari’s impeachment process.
“The PDP caucus in the House of Representatives has observed with deep pain the dastardly attacks on poor farmers, which have continued unabated across the vast swathes of northern Nigeria, which act came to a sad climax over the weekend in Zabarmari, near Maiduguri, North-East Nigeria,” he said.
“While President Buhari idles in the typical fashion of Emperor Nero as our country burns, questions must be asked about his capacity to lead at a time that our country desires robust and responsible leadership that can pull it from the brink and rescue it from the debilitations of insurgents, terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.
“We call on Nigerians across tribes, religions and political parties to wake up their National Assembly members and compel them to commence impeachment process against President Buhari to save Nigeria.”
The impeachment call is coming just days to the expected physical appearance of the president before the green chamber — after they summoned him.
If that happens, that would be the first time in the history of his administration that the president would appear before lawmakers to brief them on what his administration is doing to tackle the security challenges.