Nigeria’s former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has described the current spate of impeachment of governors of the opposition political party as executive criminality and rascality.
General Buhari who openly held the government of President Goodluck Jonathan responsible for the impeachments of the opposition governors across the country.
Buhari reacted to the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and the impending impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State (Both APC Governors). There are also strong rumours also that Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, both of the APC, would be impeached.
The former Head of State and national leader of the APC described the action of the ruling party as impunity and political rascality. He warned that Nigerians had defeated impunity before and they would do so again.
“What we are witnessing today, impunity and political rascality as demonstrated by the selective targeting and persecution of opposition politicians, is an attempt to subdue the will of Nigerians who have made clear their commitment to free their country from the grip of an incompetent leadership that is bent on severing the ties of nationhood and ruining whatever progress we have made as a country.
“These actions portray a government that has run out of ideas, resorting to arbitrariness and executive criminality in order to silence dissent. Nigeria has been through this road before. This is a replay of the selective persecution using instruments of federal might in an attempt by previous regimes to perpetuate themselves in power.”
Buhari further stated that such regimes “are now history, subdued by the collective struggle of the Nigerian masses. It is only a matter of time before this administration joins its predecessors in the garbage bin of history.
“Nigerians have defeated impunity before, and they have not relented in their determination to stamp it out in the future. The primary role of government is to fulfill its constitutional obligations to the citizenry and not go on a witch-hunting spree against the opposition and whoever dares to expose its lies and deceptions.” [myad]