Senators from opposition parties have given President Muhammadu Buhari a six-week ultimatum to tackle the security menace in the country.
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda, made the position of the lawmakers known on Wednesday while briefing reporters at the National Assembly in Abuja.
Additionally, they threatened to start impeachment procedures against the President if he did not resolve the security issue within the time frame set by the parliament.
After calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment during Wednesday’s session, the opposition lawmakers staged a walkout before the briefing.
With regard to the security situation in the nation and the impeachment of President Buhari, Senator Aduda had raised a point of order and requested that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, speak on the matter.
The minority leader’s appeal was turned down by Senate President Lawan, who presided over the session and claimed the raised point of order was unconstitutional.
All of the senators elected on the platforms of political parties other than the All Progressives Congress (APC) were incensed by the Senate President’s action, and they all took turns leaving the legislative chamber while the plenary was still in session.
In reaction to the country’s rising level of insecurity, a number of individuals and organisations have raised a number of issues, with the walkout being the most recent.
Professor Chidi Odinkalu, a human rights campaigner and former National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman, had already criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the way it was addressing the nation’s security issues.
Odinkalu, while playing guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, lamented the country’s high degree of insecurity, particularly the recent resurgence of terrorist acts.
“If the President is in the hospital and under life support, he cannot delegate the job of the Commander-in-Chief, and when the Commander-in-Chief is as lazy and uncaring as the one that Nigeria has, the country is exactly where it deserves to be,” Odinkalu said.