Lingering Insecurity: Soyinka Back Impeachment Move Of Buhari
Nobel Laureate, Professor Akinwade Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka on Tuesday backed the six-week deadline set by some federal lawmakers for President Muhammadu Buhari to find a solution to terrorism or face impeachment.
Soyinka spoke at an interactive session to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Abeokuta Club in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He decried the situation in Nigeria, where a failure who has been in power for eight years would “give us another failure for another eight years”.
The session’s theme was “Good governance or mis-governance: The contract called democracy,” and it featured a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, and the Registrar of the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, among others.
Remember that some Senators and members of the House of Representatives elected on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform issued an ultimatum last week regarding Nigeria’s lingering insecurity.
Soyinka, who moderated the session, insisted that Buhari be impeached because he had violated the democratic contract.
Professor Soyinka stated, “Democracy indicates a contract, that is why the candidate puts on a manifesto. On the basis of that manifesto, the candidate is either accepted or rejected.
“Very often, the grounds for breach of contract, I think we all agree, is mis-governance and one of the ways of breaking this kind of contract we know even before the duration of a contract is known as impeachment.
“The reason we will go by some legislators to impeach the President who is the head of government. In fact, one cleric has gone even further. He believes that the impeachment should take place not in the legislative home, but in the bush with the kidnappers and he appealed to the kidnappers to quicken the process by impeaching the President and taking him away and some of his aides and one or two governors.
“Many of us in this country, including governors, including chairmen of local governments, what comprehension they have of this process called democracy because what these governors are telling us is that after a failure has occupied a seat of government for eight years, that failure should give us another failure for another eight years.”