Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Impeach President Buhari Now, Lawyers Urge NASS

Okechukwu Onuegbu
Following the ongoing corruption charges and others leveled against the leadership of National Assembly, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, some legal luminaries in Anambra State have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of meddlesomeness, and urged the national assembly to quickly impeach him.
Speaking in an interview, a former chairman of the Awka branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Emmanuel Okechukwu Junior urged the presidency to apologize to Nigerians for interfering in the affairs or risk being impeached.
According to Barrister Okechukwu junior, the vindictive interference of the presidency is an invitation to anarchy, and requires the international community to step in to forestall the anti democratic posture of the presidency, having demonstrated lawlessness at all ramifications, as well as acted a script worse than that of a military government.
The astute lawyer, who underscored the importance of the separation of powers, further posited that other constitutional breaches and impeachable offences of Mr. President were lopsided appointments of principal officers which according to him, violated the provisions of federal character, an alleged forceful use of arms against a particular segment of the country, and exhibiting of a lack luster attitude towards checkmating the menace of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country.
He further posited that the presidency was violating the Nigerian constitution through his polices and dictatorial tendencies, infamous arrest and charging of people to court without following the due process, and advised him to obey the law of the land.
Also speaking, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Onyekachi Aghanya, described the alleged interference of the presidency in the affairs of the national assembly as a bad trend in the country, even as he added that incessant arresting and detention of people without trial playing out in the APC led administration should stop as the nation currently needs how to address its economic problems rather than apportioning blames to party A or B.
Aghanya, however, decried that the country’s over dependence on oil was the genesis of tribalism, religious war, and other vices, and called on the government to think beyond its oil wealth.
On his part, the former Acting Chairman, Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC), Chief Sylvester Okonkwo attributed the alleged meddlesomeness of the executive on the legislature as a product of the long military rule in Nigeria and President Buhari’s military background.
Chief Okonkwo, who advised Mr. President to learn to tolerate the legislature, charged the National Assembly to use their power to call the executive to order if they feel that the affairs of the country are not being properly piloted.
He further enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to put in place palliative measures that will lessen the suffering of the masses, warning that people pushed against the wall may take up arms against the government or against themselves.
Contributing, the Chairman, Awka Indigenous Lawyers Association, Sir Uba Anene, decried what he viewed as the retrogression of the nation into military dictatorship, the economic recession in the country, the interference of the executive in the affairs of the nation and the nepotism tendencies of the present administration at the federal level saying they are counterproductive.



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