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Senate Warns President Buhari To Stop Committing Impeachable Offences

Posted: Jun 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (10)

…warns of grave danger if Saraki, Ekweremadu are not left alone to do their jobs.

….says, Buhari becoming a dictator.

Rotimi Akinwumi

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has remained in office in the last one year because the Senate does not feel like rocking the boat of the nation’s democracy through commencement of impeachment proceedings against him.

Rather, the Senate has overlooked his numerous infractions and moved on, behaving with maturity in saving the nation’s democracy from collapsing.

In making the clarifications, the upper legislative chamber however warned the executive arm of government not to push the patience of the legislature to the break limit, but rather, face all the numerous economic challenges bedeviling the nation and find solutions to them.

The Senate also alerted the nation and the international community to what it considered as the manifestation of dictatorial tendencies in the current administration which it noted will spell doom for the nation’s democracy.

The Senate gave the warning in a statement issued by its spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi in reaction to news of the desire of the executive to prosecute the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu and two other national Assembly bureaucrats for allegedly forging the Senate rule prior to the inauguration of the parliament last year.

Aside the Senate President and his Deputy, the duo of immediate past Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Ben Efeturi were invited by the police high authority last week as part of investigation into the alleged crime.

However, the Senate in a strong worded statement issued on Sunday said the ongoing investigation into the matter is a pure violation of the power and rights of the legislature and the erosion of its independence in a government that works on the hinges of checks and balances.

According to the Senate, the ongoing investigation is a disservice to the tenets of democracy, saying further that “reviewing the circumstances leading to the filing of these charges, we are compelled to alert the good people of Nigeria and the international community, that our democracy is in danger and that the attempt by the Executive Arm of the Federal Government to muzzle the legislature and criminalise legislative processes in order to cause leadership change in the National Assembly is a return to the era of impunity and lack of respect for due process which we all fought to abolish”.

To avoid the looming crisis, the Senate “urges President Muhammadu Buhari to please call his Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to order”.

The upper legislative chamber stated emphatically that it was aware that the latest attempt to drag its presiding officers into another round of court case is an attempt at forcing a leadership change in the parliament.

The senate however, noted that such plan would remain a pipe dream.

The parliament insisted that the moves by the Presidency at ridiculing the leadership of the Senate is an affront on the integrity of the Red Chamber that has been playing the maturity game in the last one year to sustain the nation’s democracy in view of the mistakes of the executive which it had consistently overlooked.

“The Senate of the Federal Republic voted freely to elect its leadership into office and continuing attempts to change that leadership through the wanton abuse of judicial processes cannot stand in the eyes of the world.

“It is clear that the Attorney General and party leaders behind this action either lack the understanding of the underlining principles of constitutional democracy, the concept of Separation of Powers, checks and balances and parliamentary convention or they just simply do not care if the present democracy in the country survives or collapses in their blinded determination to get Saraki and Ekweremadu by all means necessary, including abuse of office and sacking the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Nigerian people have enough economic hardship at this time requiring the full attention and cooperation of the three arms of government, instead of these attempts to distract and politicise governance.

“We are in a state of economic emergency such that what the National Assembly needs at this time are executive bills and proposals aimed at resolving the crises of unemployment, currency depreciation, inflation, crime and insecurity.

“What the National Assembly needs now are executive bills to build and strengthen institutions to earn revenues, fight corruption and eliminate waste.

“Instead, we are getting hostile actions aimed at destabilising the National Assembly, distracting Senators from their oversight functions and ensuring good and accountable governance.

“We must make it clear here to the individuals in the executive arm and party leadership behind these plots not to mistake the maturity and hand of co-operation being extended to the Presidency by the legislature as a sign of weakness.

“The National Assembly bent backwards to accommodate various infractions and inefficiencies in pursuit of inter-arms co-operation and national interest.

“We did not follow up the various infractions because we believe there are bigger issues which the government has to attend to in order to ensure that every Nigerian has food on his table and lives comfortably in a secure environment. We know that the country is actually in a state of economic emergency and all hands must be on deck.

“This latest plot is directed at forcing a change of leadership in the Senate or, in the extreme case, ground the Red Chamber of the National Assembly. Or how does one interpret a move in which the two presiding officers are being set up to be remanded in Kuje Prison or incapacitated from sitting at plenary through a day-to-day trial on a matter that is purely an internal affair of the Senate.

“This obviously is a dangerous case of violation of the independence of the legislature, undue and unnecessary interference in the internal affairs of the Senate and blatant abuse of the judicial process,” the statement said.

The parliament noted that the issues being raised by the executive had appeared on the floor of the Senate and it had been trashed out.

The recent attempt to reopen it, it was said, is unthinkable, as it has the tendencies to show that the parliament has lost its independence.

“The matter now being criminalised was brought to the plenary of the Senate in session, over a year ago. And because it had no support, it was overruled and roundly defeated in chambers.

“To now take a matter that was resolved on the floor of the Senate to the police and then make it form the subject of a criminal prosecution of freely elected legislators beats all imagination of free thinking men all over the world.

“The implication is that any matter that fails on the floor of the National Assembly will now be taken to the Police, thereby endangering every Senator and House member.

“This current move clearly runs contrary to the Doctrine of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances which are fundamental to the successful operation of the Presidential System of government. It runs counter to the principle outlined by the Supreme Court in the Adesanya Vs Senate case where it was held that nobody should seek to use the courts to achieve what he or she has failed to push through on the floor of the National Assembly.

“This present efforts, therefore, is clearly a coup against the legislature with the ignoble aim to undermine its independence and subject the law making institution to the whims and caprices of the executive. It is a plan to return Nigeria to the dictatorial era that we have, as a nation, voted to reject. It is a dangerous trend with grave implications for the survival of our democracy and the integrity of the component institutions.

“This rule of men as against the rule of law is also the reason why the War Against Corruption, one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration, is losing credibility because people perceive it to be selective and, in most cases, aimed at settling political or partisan scores.

“The Rules of the Senate and how the institution elects its leadership are internal affairs. The National Assembly bureaucracy provides the Rules of a new Senate. It has always been so since 1999. After the inauguration of the Senate, if Senators have objections to any part of the Rules, they can follow the procedure for changing it. Senators of the Eighth Senate have no control on the rules applied in the elections of June 9, 2015 because until after their inauguration, they were only Senators-elect, and therefore mere bystanders in the affairs of the Senate.

“We therefore urge all Nigerians and the international community to rise up and condemn this blatant attempt to subject the legislature to the control, whims and caprices of the executive.

“If the legislative branch falls, democracy fails as there will be no other institution empowered by the Constitution to check and balance the enormous powers of the Executive branch.

“We also call on the judiciary as the last hope to save our constitutional democracy and stand up for the rule of law, by doing that which is right in this case,” the statement added.



Comments (10)

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  • Jun 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm patiztoo

    Where is Buhari’s WAEC certificate? Lets start from there.
    Before he disciplines others, he should check himself.
    This warming to him is spot on!
    If he doesnt listen to the voice of reason, he should be impeached immediately.
    His errors of misrule, lack of viable economic plan and his deceit about his WAEC certificate is enough to have impeached him long ago.
    So let him who thinks he stand take heed!

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 10:21 am JonathanObidike

    Sorry if I may ask, what abusive language did he apply? I’m yet to read an abusive comment coming from him. Or are you saying in anticipation?

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 8:46 am Omarcus24

    You people have lost interest in the country since the time Goodluk lost out of the office as president. Your prayer is that problem should engulf the country so that you can have yours as your people can no longer be allowed to steal the Commonwealth again .

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 8:30 am Omarcus24

    Let Saraki and his cohorts try to impeach the president because he is looking for ways of escaping punishment for the crime he has committed. He should not forget that he was stoned in Ilorin last year. He is going to be the first Senate president that the masses will chase out of office with Stone in Nigeria if he tries nonesence.

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 8:18 am OluwafemiEsan

    @FestusEfoghor must you abuse, I have made a statement that does not in any way constitutes an abuse. Where I came from respect is given to people as a culture, even when you are under pressure or frustrated it’s not expected to lead into insults. Please be cultured and remember that you are on social media, who knows who is reading. Change your environment to reflect proper training.

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 7:12 am FestusEfoghor

    And people like you will were quick to defend the president when a similar case of forgery and perjury was brought against him

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 5:28 am OluwafemiEsan

    Saraki is not in opposition… Forgery is a criminal offence, if the law can be applied to the poor, let it applies to the rich. We are all Nigerians… This is a social menace and not Buhari issue.

  • Jun 20, 2016 at 3:32 am JusticeChukwuka

    Bro can’t u c clearly dat ur president is doing everything possible to cripple opposition n run a one party system in d footsteps of dictatorship, persecuting opposition party members in d guise of fytin corruption, have u not wondered y all d former PDP criminals like Amaechi, tinubu, and dia cohorts r not probed? Bro its simply cos they have ran into APC. Let’s stop deceiving ourselves n stop being sentimental n myopic, buhari is persecuting PDP members n trying tooth n nail to cripple opposition which is not good for our democracy . when PDP crippled opposition for 16 yes I cried out cos we all suffered it, I was happy when APC came up strong, at least we will have two parties competing yo know who will do more work for d nation, but if PDP z crushed d way APC z planning it we will suffer even worse than we did in PDP regime. Opposition must b allowed
    to thrive, God bless u, God bless Nigeria.
    I support d fyt against corruption but let there b no sacred cows.

  • Jun 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm OlusholaLeonardBamigboye

    If the principal officers of the Senate are saintly let them subject themselves to trials of the alleged offences they commited and come out scratch-free.
    And if they too want to cook up impeachable offences against PMB because of the allege forgery, the sky is just the beginning of their shameful season film.

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