September 28, 2022

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Gershom Bassey, the senator representing Cross River’s southern senatorial district, has reiterated the National Assembly’s resolve to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if the country’s recurring security challenge is not addressed head on.

In an interview with reporters in Calabar, Bassey said the six-week deadline senators gave the president to secure Nigeria was appropriate, but the focus was on security rather than impeachment.

He said: “I think the media somehow has missed the point of our action which is to ensure safety and security in our country. The point of our action is not impeachment, but to ensure safety and security in Nigeria.

“That’s why we have given 6-week threshold within which we want the executive, particularly Mr President, to do something about security in our country.

“Our best hope is that the president will respond to what we are saying; to what we are doing, and at the end of 6 weeks everything would have been sorted out.

“The security situation, to a large extent, would’ve been resolved. That’s the point of our action. It is the part one that should be the focus, not so much part two which would come when we fail to achieve part one.

“In other words, if there’s continued insecurity without the type of response that we expect within 6 weeks then we move to part two.

“We are serious about it, but we will only get there if part one, which is the actions against the situation in our country, does not improve.”

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