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Opposition Senators Give Buhari Six-Week Ultimatum To Tackle Insecurity, Threaten Impeachment

Lawmakers elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, staged a walk out of the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda, led the  other opposition lawmakers out of the Red chamber.

The development followed the 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. 

Aduda had raised a Point of Order, reminding the Senate of its resolutions taken after a closed door session which lasted over two hours.

He said the Senate was meant to address the issue of insecurity in the country and the efforts made so far to curtail the menace.

Aduda also reminded his colleagues that they were meant to “give the president an ultimatum to resolve the issues of insecurity and give an impeachment notice if the demands are not met.”

“At our closed door meeting, we agreed that we will discuss the issue of security at plenary and then ask the president on what to do. 

“We agreed that if he didn’t execute them, we will commence an impeachment notice to President Muhammadu Buhari”,  he said while addressing his colleagues.

He was however interrupted by  Senate President Lawan, for failing to “cite the order” and for failing to “discuss the matter with him privately.”

“That notice falls short of what the rule book says. You didn’t cite any part of our rules and I can’t tolerate it. You didn’t consult me. So, I can’t allow it”, Lawan reacted.

Angered by the action of the Senate President, all the lawmakers elected on the platforms of all political parties other than the All Progressives Congress (APC) took turns to walk out of the legislative chamber while the plenary was ongoing.

Briefing newsmen on behalf of the opposition lawmakers, Aduda, said they have issued a six-week ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the country.

The lawmakers also threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against the President should he fail to address the insecurity situation in the country after the expiration of the  ultimatum.

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