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Editor's Pick#TuesdayTonic: 'Buhari must go, but you are going home?"

#TuesdayTonic: ‘Buhari must go, but you are going home?”


By Ibrahim Gaddafi Tanko

Tuesday Tonic this week, spotlights the thoughts of Twitter user, Opokuma Franklin who faults the disposition of opposition lawmakers towards making President Buhari sit up through impeachment


In a manner unprecedented since the President Muhammadu Buhari administration came on board, members of the Nigerian Senate (particularly from the opposition) on Wednesday, 27th July 2022 called for the impeachment of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Following what the lawmakers termed as growing insecurity in the country, they issued him a six-week ultimatum to nip the important national challenge in the bud. They spoke through the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda who led a walkout out of the Red Chamber having been ruled out of order earlier by the Senate President during the plenary.

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They queried Buhari for non-implementation of all the resolutions passed by the House and geared towards resolving the security imbroglio facing the nation. Unsurprisingly, some lawmakers pushing for the impeachment are said to be members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), while Niger East Senator,, Mohammed Sani Musa called for the resignation of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Reacting to the developments, President Buhari’s handlers have described the move as “dead on arrival,” babyish and a mere waste of time. Assuredly, the assertion has led to divergent reactions across the country.

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However, an interesting angle to the impeachment threat that we consider worthy for reflection is the thought of Sports Physician, Opokuma Franklin who shared the following on his Twitter handle @franklinfoe1:

“Nigerian Senate would not stop amazing Nigerians. You want to give the President of the country an ultimatum to show Nigerians that you are a serious bunch, but at the back of your mind, you are also thinking of going on holidays.

Hope you would have a Senate when you come back?!”

In an era where comedy skits have become very popular among young and middle-aged Nigerians, it may pass off as another script for a potentially viral skit or even a prank video.

However, we really must ask, given the fact that it took the lawmakers about ten months before the President’s tenure expires to finally wake up to the sad reality of lacklustre performance by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

All over the world, security of lives and property remain the most important priority of the state (government). For a National Assembly which has embarked on incessant recesses since its inauguration to therefore proceed on annual vacation while the country is on fire leaves more to be desired.

Six weeks on the part of the lawmakers may look short a time, but with the worrisome spate of security challenges across the country, one would have thought that the pains of millions of Nigerians living in anxiety will prevent the palriamentarians from feeling dizzy at this time.

Indeed, any man who intends to make another sit up, may assume whatever posture but certainly not that of one lying down with one leg on the wall and one hand on a glass of juice. Any thing short of this amounts to legislative razzmatazz as against genuine concerns for the constituents they representing.

Ahead of the return by our lawmakers to properly address this terrible body language, just may be we should ask: “Is this playing? What type of playing is that?”


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