The deputy chair of the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, has said his colleagues in the Senate of the National Assembly have made the decision to fire Senate President Ahmad Lawan if he made any attempt to frustrate him. their impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari next month.

Fadahunsi, who retired as deputy controller-general of Nigerian customs, said while responding to statements by presidential spokesmen that his colleagues had decided to proceed with the impeachment proceedings.

The PDP chief representing the Osun East Senatorial District stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, just a week after the ultimatum was issued.

He said the majority of senators across political party lines had already passed a no-confidence vote in Buhari over his government’s inability to deal with the deteriorating security situation in the country.

He expressed doubts about Buhari’s ability to tackle the embarrassing security challenges the country currently faces in six weeks as he was unable to do so for seven years.

He vowed that impeachment proceedings would begin as soon as his colleagues resumed their current six-week annual vacation on September 20.

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He said: “We have talked and given suggestions on how to end the insecurity challenges facing the country, but the head (president of the Senate) is addicted to the Villa. He has stopped all attempts by us to take drastic measures. against the president, frustrated.

“We have now decided to strike while the iron is still hot rather than wasting our time by working with the Ahmad Lawan leadership as the nation is destroyed by terrorists with no government plan to stop them . We don’t wait for all of us to be killed.

“We have now decided to get out of the ‘rubber stamp’ scheme so that all Nigerians would know that we have not supported the failing economy, the massive debt build-up, the falling naira, the insecurity across the country and the unprecedented forms . corruption in the state system.

“Unfortunately, the man who leads us now (Lawan) previously led opposition lawmakers and then challenged the rot in the system. Now he doesn’t want anyone to challenge Buhari’s government when things fail every day.

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“Any leader who resists such a challenge in a democratic setting must also be challenged because we are elected by the people.

“Go interview most of the senators. There is no effective oversight of the ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government. Buhari will bring the budget and his people here will want us to pass it on as he brings it. No exams and heads of MDAs do what they want.

“Those who voted for Buhari in 2015 thought he could contain the uncertainty as a former military general, but unfortunately things are getting worse under his watch and he seemed helpless.

“Therefore, we decided that if we come back on September 20 and find that the situation is still the same, without significant steps, we would drop him.

“We will first accuse anyone who says we will not accuse Buhari. If anyone tries to block us here, be it the Senate President or anyone in the Senate, we will remove that person.

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“Mr. President finds it difficult to fire his underperforming security chiefs while not arresting those who terrorize the nation. There is tension everywhere and something drastic had to be done.”

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senators had walked out of the red chamber during the plenary session last Wednesday after Senate President Ahmad Lawan blocked steps to start impeachment proceedings against Buhari over the security situation in the country.

In response to the development, presidential media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, had both condemned the action by the opposition senators.

Adeshina had said, “I think it (impeachment) was just bravado, and unfortunately, security isn’t something you encourage. You don’t start making lighthearted ultimatums in something that’s a matter of life and death.”

Also, Shehu said, “Despite the performative and childish antics of those senators who staged a walkout, Senate President Ahmad Lawan’s refusal to pass the ridiculous motion to impeach our president was quite appropriate and proper.”

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