By Eric Elezuo
In every administration, a certain event defines its acceptability or total rejection. It happened during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan when about 276 secondary school girls were supposedly abducted in the sleepy town of Chibok, in Borno State, by the Boko Haram insurgents, and the administration failed to recognise that a crime has been committed. Jonathan and his co-travellers saw it as a political statement masterminded by the opposition. That defines the beginning of their rejection, culminating in the heavy defeat their party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), suffered in the March 28, 2015 Presidential Election.
However, since the beginning of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, not one, not two, not even three, four, five or six incidences have defined the administration towards rejection among Nigerians. Is it the recession the country was plunged into few months after the government took charge or the six months it took the administration to appoint ministers and other executive council members to set the machinery of government moving.
In counting, no Nigerian will forget in a hurry the over 150 days the President spent outside the country in total oblivion while Nigerians were told lies upon lies as regards his whereabouts with the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed leading the pack. Then there was the miraculous return of the ‘Chibok Girls’ from the same Sambisa Forest, fortress of the Boko Haram sect, that had been supposedly cleared of remnants of insurgency.
In all these, Nigerians were drinking the penance of the situation with untold hardship where a bag of rice cost as much as N25, 000. The cost of living totally hit the roof tops. Those moments actually defined the administration of Buhari, but the National Assembly barked and kept quiet. They seem to enter comatose each time a situation die down. They voluntarily forget.
The supposed last straw that should have broken the camel’s back took place in Benue when suspected Fulani herdsmen sack several communities of the state, killing, maiming and ribbing even pregnant women open in what has been referred to as the New Year Day massacre. Nigerians’ anger grew higher, beyond redemption, even as the President nor any of his men visited the scene of carnage nor attended the mass burial of the over 70 souls that met the end in such a gruesome manner. The National Assembly barked and remained quiet.
I was privileged to watch a Senate debate on the issue, as well as the House of Representatives, where every speaker spoke with venom – venom that lacked action, as none said the obvious. Everyone of them understood that Buhari has crossed the Rubicon, and is no longer deserving the tag – president, but none has been bold enough to say ‘impeach this man’. Senator Ben Murray Bruce came very close, calling the Senate President, the President of Nigeria, but his fear had the best of him as he failed to say the obvious. And what is the obvious – move a motion for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing Nigerians on all fronts as itemised by members of the National Assembly in their respective speeches.
It is not known who or why someone is afraid of moving a motion for the impeachment of the President. In all fairness, removing the President is the constitutional right of the National Assembly, but even in an environment where evidence abound, someone, somewhere is afraid of moving a motion for the impeachment of the President.
The events that defined this government happened very long ago, and is still happening. No wonder President Donald Trump of the United States of America labelled Nigeria as a ‘shit hole country’. The National Assembly should rise and reshape the destined of this country, which has been seriously disfigured.