NASS dangles impeachment threats against Buhari

OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly has threatened to invoke its constitutional powers against President Muhammadu Buhari should he ignore a joint resolution to do away with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The federal legislature also passed a vote of confidence on President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and threatened to drag the Buhari administration before world bodies should the persecution of the legislature continue.
These were part of resolutions reached at a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The lawmakers who passed a vote of no confidence on IGP Idris, listed other demands on President Buhari stressing that he “must be held accountable of the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction any act which will ridicule the country and our country’s democracy and that there must be strict adherence to the rule of law and protection of all citizen.”

The resolution said in part: “We also hereby reaffirm our earlier resolution of the vote of no confidence on the Inspector-general of police who does nothing but preside over killings of Nigerians and outright disregard for constitutional authority of both the executive and the legislature.
“The national assembly will not hesitate to invoke its constitutional power if nothing is done address the bulk of resolutions passed today.”
The joint session which lasted for about 3 hours behind closed doors, also resolved that the executive should stop prosecution of political opponents” and that “security agencies must be given a marching order to curtail the killings of  Nigerians across the country and protect the lives and properties of Nigerians,” as “this is the primary responsibility  of any responsible government.”
The legislators also resolved that “the government should show sincerity to the fight against corruption by not being selective and also prosecute current appointees with corruption cases pending against them.”
According to the lawmakers, “the sanctity of the national assembly must be protected and preserved” and called on government to prosecute those who invaded the Senate to seize the mace.
“Elections must be competitive and inclusive [away] from the rule of fear and intimidation, particularly as we approach the forthcoming 2019 elections.
“The national assembly will meet a few international communities through the IPU ECOWAS parliament, CPA, EU and United Nations to secure our democracy. The national assembly will also work close with the civil society organizations to further deepen and protect our democracy.”
The National Assembly also resolved that “the President must take immediate steps to curtail the growing rate of unemployment especially now that we have the advantage of rising oil price.”
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