The Presidency yesterday dismissed the impeachment threat to President Muhammadu Buhari by opposition senators as an “empty threat’ and ”headline-grabbing stunts.”
It described the lawmakers as “anarchists”, who have remained in the opposition because of their continued failure to do what they were elected to do.
Presidential aides Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu made the comments in separate reactions to the senators’ anger over the worsening security situation in the country.
Adesina, who featured in Channels ‘Politics Today,’ acknowledged the right of the Senators to express themselves, but said they were a minority, whose threat won’t go anywhere.
He said: “They are minority lawmakers. The truth is that in this kind of scenario, the minority will always have their say. But, you know the configuration of the National Assembly and the Senate.
“I think it was just bravado. And very sadly, security issues should not be subjected to bravado. How will you begin to issue an ultimatum on serious matters like security, something that deals with life and death?
“They know they cannot achieve what they are saying. They are just wasting the country’s time, wasting the precious time of the Upper Chamber.
“They know they can’t achieve what they said. I doubt it has officially been communicated to the President, but I hope it will be done.”
Adesina also dismissed allegation of gunshots by terrorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“I am not aware of any gunshots being heard in the city of Abuja. Yes, there have been rumours, but I am yet to substantiate them.
“The question is: are those minority lawmakers responding now because the issue is touching their seat of comfort, Abuja? They are playing to the gallery.”
He said what bothers the President was the security of the entire country, adding that he (Buhari) has always said he was trying his best to solve the nation’s security issues.
”In this country, we have so many anarchists. I heard a senior lawyer talking yesterday (Tuesday) asking the president to resign, saying he was tired. Though he is a senior lawyer, he is an anarchist. Some of those lawmakers are anarchists too.
On whether the Presidency will initiate a move to counter calls bythe minority lawmakers in the Senate, Adesina said: “The National Assembly has a self-regulating rule.”
In a statement, Garba said the opposition Senators were making a mockery of voters through ”performative and babyish antics.”
He advised the lawmakers to seek ways of stemming the rising cost of living and ”stop undermining Nigerian voters.”
Like Adesina, Shehu restated that the Buhari-led government was committed to “finding lasting solutions to the emerging security threats, including those left behind by the PDP.
His statement partly reads: “Rather than making a mockery out of voters by trying to imitate what they see in America, the opposition would be well advised that their time would be better spent tackling the pressing issues Nigerians face, such as the current global cost of living crisis.”