Insecurity: “Impeachment not appropriate but Buhari must act” – Senator Suswam

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Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam says impeaching the President might not solve insecurity in Nigeria.

However, “desperate action” is needed to “allay the fears of Nigerians”, said Suswam, the Senator representing Benue North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Sunday.

“As a former Chief Executive, any incident of insecurity that has persisted like what we are witnessing today is the failure of the Executive, either at the State or national level. What we are facing today requires desperate action by the Executive but that is not forthcoming,” Suswam said.

The ex Governor reminded Buhari that he is President for all, and should therefore act in the interest of Nigerians.

“We in the National Assembly have continued to do our best – we have passed motions and resolutions but most of them have not been respected. The President needs to put the interest of Nigeria about any other,” he said.

Senator Suswam backed a bill for the creation of Armed Forces Commission which recently divided the Nigerian Senate. The bill seeks to take the power to appoint service chiefs, hire and retire officers from the President.

Senators of the ruling APC opposed the bill as seeking to weaken the powers of the President. Opposition Senators protested after the Senate President ruled the bill out, after a controversial voice vote.

An executive meeting after the day’s plenary however resolved to have the bill reintroduced.

Senator Suswam beliefs the bill will reduce excesses and imbalances in the running of the nation’s armed forces but insisted the bill was not as crucial as the deployment of troops to take out insurgents terrorising communities.

Suswam also called for a Presidential pardon for former Plateau and Taraba State Governors – Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame currently serving jail terms for corruption.

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