The Senator representing Osun East and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, Francis Fadahunsi, has disclosed that lawmakers of the opposition parties in the upper chambers of the National Assembly will sack Senate President, Ahmad Lawan if he disrupts the sacking of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Francis Fadahunsi, while expressing doubts that Nigeria’s president could solve the country’s worsening security situation in 6 weeks, stated that a good number of lawmakers across political lines had passed a vote of no confidence in the current administration.
The Senator said the impeachment process would begin after the lawmakers return from their current six-week annual vacation on September 20th.
Why this matters
Impeaching a sitting President in Nigeria is a difficult and time-consuming task. Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution provides a five-step process for a Nigerian President to be removed from office. This process would take between five to six months of the remaining nine months President Muhammadu Buhari has in office.
- Political experts in Nigeria are clamoring that instead of beginning the impeachment process, the lawmakers should focus on pressuring the president and security agencies to ensure the safety of Nigerians.
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Last week, Nigerian Senators composed of lawmakers in opposition parties staged a walkout after the Nigerian Senate President, Ahmed Lawan refused to implement the resolutions of a 2-hour closed door meeting of Majority and Minority lawmakers.
- The opposition lawmakers then issued a 6-week ultimatum to the Nigerian President to address the security crisis in the country or face impeachment proceedings.