Former Military Head of State and leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the recent wave of impeachment and impeachment threats on APC governors, saying this warned that the unconstitutional stance will plunge the country into anarchy.
“Whether or not President Goodluck Jonathan is behind the gale of impeachment or the utilization of desperate tactics to suffocate the opposition and turn Nigeria into a one-party state, what cannot be denied is that they are happening under his watch, and he cannot pretend not to know, since that will be akin to hiding behind one finger,” Buhari said in a statement on Monday.
The APC leader maintained that the Nigerian Constitution was being subverted in the desperate quest to impeach governors in the opposition party.
“The recent induced impeachment and threats of impeachment of Governors in the opposition” was aimed at decapitating the APC, stressing that it does not augur well for the survival of a fragile nation like Nigeria and its tenderfoot democracy.
He stated that deploying the institutions of state, some of which are symbols of the country’s unity, “just to kick an out-of-favour state Governor in the stomach can only breed anarchy and lead the nation down the slippery slope to chaos.”
“The dangerous clouds are beginning to gather and the vultures are circling, and these have manifested in Nasarawa where the ordinary people have defied guns and tanks to protest the plan to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in a repeat of the bitter medicine forced down the throat of Governor Murtala Nyako,” said Buhari
The former president noted that he has seen it all when it comes leadership in Nigeria and he was only talking as an elder statesman who knew a lot about Nigeria’s political history.
“Our country has gone through several rough patches, but never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President deploy federal institutions in the service of partisanship as we are witnessing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President utilize the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, all in the name of politics,” he said.
He therefore urged the president to “pull the brakes” and tarry “a while, take a deep breath and ponder the impact of recent events in the polity, under his watch, on the survival of the nation and the sustenance of its democracy”.