Buhari has committed impeachable offences — Senator Okon

One time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and member of the Akwa-Ibom State Elders Forum, Senator Anietie Okon in a recent interview with Vanguard Newspaper, revealed his displeasure with President Muhammadu Buhari alleging certain constitutional breaches which should provoke his impeachment.

He is worried that the cardinal points that sustain Nigeria as one cohesive nation are being threatened by the President’s approach to governance.

Below are excerpts from the interview:

What is your view on the alleged skewed appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari?

“Well, you know that is directly in breach of the constitution. The President maybe, heard what I said recently in an interview that he has been operating as a sole administrator and there is no provision in the Constitution of this country for the business of governance to be conducted in that manner.

Again; even in the attempt to people his administration, what we have had is a clear breach of the Constitution.

The very foundations of this country are very clear. The foundations demand a recognition of the differences that have ensured the emergence of a country and it is unacceptable where you fail to recognize the federal character of our make up as a country. This is not only condemnable but poses real danger for the future of this country.

So, what would you say generally of his first 100 days in office?

I have pointed out where there are fundamental breaches and failure in his approach to governance of this country. The cardinal points that ensure that this country remains one cohesive group, one cohesive nation are being threatened by the lopsidedness and cavalier approach to the appointments he is making into the federal system.

Given your position as a major stakeholder in the Nigerian project; what will be your advice to the President at this point in time?

I am waiting for him to fail but for the sake of the country; I hope not. I am waiting for him to continue to make mistakes so that we can find a window to begin to breathe the air properly and to rise up and create a viable alternative to the APC’s change mantra government.

We have to be honest about that. When a man stands up and says that we should not expect; after becoming president that the various sections of the country should not expect equal treatment, I put this question to you; what do you make of a statement like that?”

Don’t you think he may have said that in terms of the capacity of every state to provide the caliber of persons needed in the various positions in his administration?

“No, that is not correct; he was very specific that those who voted for him and those who did not vote for him cannot expect equal treatments. That is an impeachable offense.

Do we conclude that there is no hope for a better tomorrow as far as this administration is concerned?

There is a lot of hope, we have seen democracy put to test and it is surviving. In a reverse manner, from a clearly reversed position, I appreciate the victory of the APC.

If you look at it, it is a replication of the experience the citizens of Ghana were exposed to and they are better off for it because they were able to compare and come to the decisions of which given the circumstance, by the time they went for election, they had a better option and they chose the opposition that produced the Late Professor John as president.

So, in a nutshell, President Buhari is operating in breach of the constitution, he is in breach of the Nigerian Constitution by the way and manner he is approaching governance and that is an impeachable offense.”

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