The Presidency has described the the threat by opposition members in the Senate to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari as a confused and divided antics put to grab headlines.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that opposition lawmakers led by Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda, had on Wednesday, staged a walkout of the Red Chamber over alleged refusal of Senate President Ahmad Lawan to allow the lawmakers to discuss issues of insecurity at plenary, after a closed door meeting where they had agreed to table the matter on floor of the Senate. .
The lawmakers further threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against the President should he fail to address the insecurity situation in the country after the expiration of a six-week ultimatum.
But reacting to the threat, the Presidency in a statement, issued on Wednesday night by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, described the action of the lawmakers who walk out of the Red Chambers, as performative and babyish antics.
Shehu said what the people require from the opposition Senators was their collaboration in the efforts of the government to solve the problems Nigerians face on a daily basis, adding that the Buhari led Federal Government is committed to finding lasting solutions to the emerging security threats, including those left behind by the PDP administration.
The statement read: “The performative and babyish antics of those senators staging a walk out notwithstanding, Senate President Ahmad Lawan’s refusal on Wednesday to entertain the ridiculous motion to impeach our President was quite appropriate and correct.
“Rather than making a mockery out of voters by trying to imitate what they see in America, the opposition would be well advised that their time would be better spent tackling the pressing issues Nigerians face, such as the current global cost of living crisis.
:Their continued failure to do so goes some way to explaining why they remain in opposition.
“In contrast, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to the emerging security threats, including those left behind by the PDP in the South-South, the Northeast and throughout the federation. In the last 24 hours, two more Chibok girls were freed, in addition to the three brought home last week.
“These kinds of headline grabbing stunts for which the opposition is now well known serve no one, least of all their constituents. We would respectfully remind them that it is those same constituents that they were elected to serve, and are paid to do so with public money.
“We would welcome their collaboration in our efforts to solve the problems Nigerians face on a daily basis. No one is asking them to waste their time attempting to impeach a democratically elected President at the end of his second term – certainly not their constituents.
“They should ask themselves: do they want to be in government or do they want to be in the headlines? If they want to be in government they should start acting like it and stop undermining Nigerian voters.”