Some senators during plenary Thursday called for President Muhammadu Buhari to be impeached for not seeking National Assembly’s approval before withdrawing $496million used for the purchase of aircraft from the United States.
The aggrieved lawmakers cite Section 143 of the Nigerian constitution that provides for the removal of the president from office in the event of such a constitutional breach.
Moving a motion on the issue, Matthew Uroghide, Edo State, said President Buhari’s move was a violation of the constitution and thus, he should face the consequences.
He prayed the Senate to invoke Section 143 to start the impeachment process of the president, a move that was seconded by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.
“This is an impeachable offence,” an obviously angry Mr Utazi, said.
Details emerged this week that President Buhari gave approval for the withdrawal of the fund, though he stated that he believed the National Assembly would have no objection to his action.
His explanation was conveyed in a letter read at the Senate on Wednesday, a copy of which was sent to the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers are presently deliberating on the issue in plenary.
More to follow…