Tuesday, December 2, 2014

14 Reasons Why Goodluck Jonathan Must Be Impeached - Senators

It doesn't look like those senators are joking anymore. The Senators have leveled 14 impeachable offences against President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of their agreed date of commencement.

The lawmakers are expected to harmonise their allegations with members of the House of Reps before sending an impeachment request to Senate President David Mark and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.

The pro-impeachment Senators and Reps Members may meet before the end of the week to agree on when to present the request formally, in line with Section 143 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution.
“The President, in his capacity as Head of State has woefully abdicated state responsibilities and severely undermined the capacity of our security agencies by passing a “vote of no confidence” on the Police and Armed Forces to protect our strategic and vital infrastructures, like the pipelines. 
“A case of this failure was the award of non-appropriated Oil Facility Protection Contract worth N3.6b to a private firm (Oil Facilities Surveillance Limited) controlled by ex-militants.”
The President is expected to explain why
he could not curtail the Boko Haram insurgency; and non-release of the abducted 219 Chibok girls.

Top on the list of the allegations is the President’s refusal to sign 120 bills they passed into law.

The Nation stumbled on a copy of the allegations and signatures:
Other issues are undule politicising of the security situation; failure to act as de facto President; $10.8billion missing from the Federation Account; squandering of N10billion private jets; and sloppiness/ failure in governance.

Some of the allegations also include alleged violation of the Constitution/Oath of Office; failure to implement recommendations of panels/ committees; setting up of ill-conceived, “nebulous” groups like TAN for re-election campaign outside the Electoral Act; failure to establish and inaugurate the Nigeria Police Council; illegal deployment of Armed Forces and sowing seed of hatred and turning one part of the country against the other.”

Though the list of signatories was obtained by our correspondent, the senators pleaded against its publication until what they described as “auspicious time”.

A principal officer in the Senate, who pleaded not to be named because of the “sensitivity” of the matter, said: “We are embarking on signatures drive as I am talking to you. Senators are vetting the allegations before appending signatures.

“We have secured the consent of more than 63 senators who are expected to sign up in the next few days. And the senators are from both the PDP and the APC.”

The “weighty” allegations have forced some PDP senators to regroup against pro-impeachment ones.

The allegations read in part:
“The President as the Head of government has worked to undermine the effective performance of other arms of government, especially the legislature, by constantly frustrating peaceful and harmonious co-existence among other arms of government. In performing their constitutional responsibility of lawmaking, the legislature passes bills to be assented to by the President before they become laws of the federation.

“The President has consistently and consciously failed to sign bills and motions passed on to him by the parliament, thereby making the position of the legislative arm of government untenable. At the last count, the President has refused to assent to about 120 bills passed by the current National Assembly. He has not sent any communication as to their rejection as stipulated in Section 58 (1) (4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Motions and other legislative instruments have suffered similar, if not worse, fate.

The senators have also decided to hold the President liable for allegedly not doing enough to address the Boko Haram insurgency and communal conflicts.

The Notice of Impeachment states: 
“The President, as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and Chief Security Officer of the nation, has failed to ensure the protection of lives and properties. Mindless carnage by the Boko Haram insurgents, especially in the Northeast, recurrent violence in states like Taraba, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa etc are manifest examples of how the President has failed to exert the enormous powers inherent in his office.

“This total failure of leadership has not only served to threaten the corporate existence of the country, it has taken an untoward toll on the development and progress of the nation.

“The President has in an unprecedented manner reduced the Office of the President to an object of ridicule both locally and in the eyes of the international community, thereby reducing both the country and our hitherto respected Armed Forces into laughing stock.

“As we speak, over 200 of our female children have been abducted for over five months while some parts of our territorial space had been overtaken by the unrelenting insurgents. Yet, the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces has displayed acute sense of cluelessness on how to tackle the security challenges.

“The general impression out there is that the President is thoroughly overwhelmed and, therefore, incapable of inspiring our gallant men and women of the Armed Forces who are daily killed and maimed owing largely to the incompetence of their Commander-In-Chief.

“Just recently, a large number of our troops ran to safety in neighbouring Cameroon in the face of massive onslaught from the insurgents. The fact that our renowned military had to find succour with our little brother next door is the greatest indictment yet on the capability of the Commander-In-Chief to rally his men and boost their morale.

“For unduly politicising the security situation, the President has shown beyond all measure of doubt that he has neither the courage nor the sense of judgement to tackle the issue headlong. Evidence abounds to show that the President and his handlers by living in denial as to the abduction of Chibok girls, gave the insurgents more than three weeks head start."

They accused Jonathan of abdicating his responsibility through the concession of waterways security and protection of oil installations to a private firm [run my ex-militants].

The senators also alleged that the President had failed to address corruption and it is glaring to all.


  1. The problem of Nigeria does not lie with Jonathan alone the senators and the house of rep members are to be blamed in this situation too am a fan of Jonathan but the True has to be said.impeaching Jonathan and replace him with who?is that going to solve the problem of boko haram or better still we should just handover the country to the opposition party maybe they can tackle the insurgent .my view in all this is very clear each and every Nigeria has their sentimental mind in all this because of their selfish goal or ambition .the senators want to impeach the president just because they have their own personal issues with their state governors .nigeria is suppose to come first in anything we do