As far as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Grassroots Youths for Change is concerned, the Chairman of the National Assembly and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; and his deputy and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara are on a wild goose chase in the threat to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
Group’s National Coordinator, Mr. Orlu Henry Manuchimso, said Saraki and Dogara, could not muster the number to impeach the president.
Saraki had read out a twelve-point resolution of the three-hour joint executive session of the National Assembly on the security situation in the country over which he presided with Speaker Dogara.
The group faulted the resolution by the National Assembly to invoke its constitutional powers if nothing was done to address the other resolutions and dared the federal legislature to proceed to play the impeachment card if it was sure it had the number.
“President Muhammadu Buhari enjoys the support of many legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives who believe that he (president) is doing a great job and needs to be encouraged to double down on his anti-corruption war, provision of security and strengthening of the economy,” he said in a statement.
The group noted that the decision by the National Assembly not to override the president’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill which sought to reorder the original sequence of elections as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was informed by its inability to muster the two-thirds majority constitutionally required to do so.
Frowning at the deployment of the institution of the national assembly in defence of personal political interests in the federal legislature, the group urged Saraki and Dogara to desist from the practice as it was portraying the institution in a bad light.
The group specifically slammed Saraki for bringing his alleged involvement in felony to the floor of the Senate where he raised the alarm that his State Governor, Fatai Ahmed, called to inform him that the police were plotting to get some arrested cultists to implicate him in their confessional statements.
The group’s statement reads further: “APC Grassroots Youths for Change notes with dissatisfaction the decision by the Nigeria Police to withdraw its invitation to the senate president to visit its Special Anti Robbery Unit in Guzape, Abuja, over his alleged role in the Offa banks’ robberies.
“Our group also frowns at the reported intervention by the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, which resulted in the Police decision requesting the senate president to only furnish them within 48 hours with a statement explaining his alleged role in the Offa robbery incidents.
“This preferential treatment despite his well-publicised alleged role in a felony is setting a bad precedent. The impression being created is that there are two sets of laws on the issue-one for the privileged and the other for the unprivileged.”
The group reviewed the entire resolutions by the National Assembly and concluded that the attempt by the National Assembly to portray President Buhari as a dictator was uncharitable and unfair.
According to the group, “Contrary to the impression being created by the National Assembly, President Buhari has proved to be a democrat, a patriot and a law-abiding party leader.
“The president is a responsible and responsive leader who is committed to good governance, peace and stability of the nation.
“The resolution of the National Assembly that the president should be held accountable for the actions of his appointees creates the impression that the president is complicit in the face-off between it and presidential appointees. This is farther from the truth.
“As a matter of fact, it is the National Assembly that has been overreaching itself in the exercise of its oversight powers. The legislators have been intimidating, blackmailing and extorting money from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the executive arm and the appointees that head them in the guise of oversight functions.”
The group added: “It is to the credit of President Buhari that the anti-corruption war is progressing to the discomfort of some members of the National Assembly who have questions to answer about their actions and inactions in the management of public finance entrusted to them either in the past or at the moment.”
It said that the international community was interested in the progress being made by Nigeria’s democracy under President Buhari, pointing out that “this has accounted for a number of invitations to bilateral discussions with leaders of the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, among others.”
According to the group, “This is an endorsement of President Buhari’s democratic credentials, leadership style and governance philosophies.”