Senators Stage Walkout, Sing ‘Buhari Must Go
THE floor of the Senate on Wednesday witnessed commotion as senators of the opposition parties angrily stormed out of plenary, chanting ‘Buhari must go’ and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, should follow.
The lawmakers are protesting against the security situation in the country.
Trouble started when the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda, raised a point of order for the Senate to deliberate on issues raised at the closed-door session which lasted for two hours.
The Senate President, Lawan, had, after the closed-door session, announced that issues relating to the smooth running of Senate and unity in Nigeria were deliberated upon, but instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items listed on the order paper for the day.
Miffed by the development, the Senate minority leader raised a point of order, calling for deliberation on issues discussed at the closed-door session, saying that it was based on insecurity and threats to national peace.
“Mr President, I raised this point of order to bring to the front burner issues deliberated upon at the closed-door session.
“Resolution made by all senators at the closed door session which lasted for two hours was to further deliberate on it in plenary and arrive at a resolution to give President Muhammadu Buhari ultimatum to stop the worsening security situation or face impeachment,” he said.
Lawan quickly interrupted him by saying that his point of order fell flat on his face since he did not discuss it with him.
He, thereafter, instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items on the order paper.
Angered by the development, all senators across the opposition parties, led by Aduda, stormed out of the chamber chanting, ‘All we are saying, Buhari must go,’ ‘Nigeria must survive,’ ‘Ahmad Lawan should follow ….’
The protesting senators, including Adamu Bulkachuwa of Bauchi Central (All Progressives Congress), later gathered at the Senate press centre to disclose what transpired at the closed-door session.
Speaking on behalf of the senators, Aduda said their anger was fuelled by the refusal of the Senate President to follow resolutions taken by senators across party lines at the closed-door session.
“We are here to tell Nigerians that, as senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are disappointed with the way the worsening security situation across the country is being handled.
“We held a closed-door session for two hours, where it was resolved that the issue would be deliberated upon at plenary with an agreed resolution to give President Buhari six weeks to address it or face impeachment by both chambers of the National Assembly.