A senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Bulkachuwa, has backed plans to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening security challenges in the country.
This comes a few days after an APC lawmaker from Adamawa State, Elisha Abbo, faulted how the President is handling the nation’s security challenges and publicly endorsed the impeachment moves that members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) drove in the Senate.
Bulkachuwa, representing Bauchi North in the National Assembly, stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, saying he and his colleagues had tried in many ways to help the President tackle insecurity in the country but have been unsuccessful.
“We in the legislature, we have tried all within our power, except one thing,” the distraught lawmaker said.
He stressed that the lawmakers also tried to engage service chiefs and other security personnel “to find out what their problems are and when they tell us, we try to find solutions and also advise the President accordingly.”
“Even the financial situation in the country is not improving. We are just one arm of government and are limited in the execution of proposals and actual enforcement of laws.
“So what we can do is remind the executive that we have a constitutional responsibility to pull your ears by way of notice of impeachment and give you a chance to see that you care,” he said while expressing disappointment at how the options had not worked and security in the country had only gotten worse.
Senator Philip Aduda of the PDP had attempted to debate the escalating insecurity on July 27 but was stopped by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who ordered a walkout.
Most MPs agreed that Buhari should be given six weeks to address the security situation or face impeachment procedures.
Lawan declared the FCT senator out of order when Aduda claimed that the president needed to be duly served with the notification.
In response, Bulkachuwa stated that the threat to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari by opposition senators was the last remaining, necessary course of action for the parliamentarians.
The legislator responded in the affirmative when asked if senators from the APC were among those who demanded the impeachment.
He added, “On that day, the Senate went into closed session, and it was at the closed session that these issues were discussed, and without divulging so much, I can tell you that the majority of senators felt there was a need to initiate that action.”
“I said it was the majority. It wasn’t a 100 per cent unanimous agreement (ultimatum to impeach Buhari) per se, but the majority supported it.”