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President Jonathan Impeachment Threat Divides House

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July 20, 2012 – President Jonathan Impeachment Threat Divides House

Nigerians are divided over threats by the House of Representatives to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan over poor budget implementation.

Why some felt the president has bitten more than he could chew, others said the offence the president was being accused of did not amount to gross misconduct and that the House of Representatives was only playing to the gallery.

Mr. Yinka Odumakin, spokesperson, Save Nigeria Group, said: “the fact is that Jonathan has bankrupted this country. As we speak, the states are getting their allocations in bits; civil servants are being paid at different periods.

“The youth corps members’ allowance was entering the third month before they borrowed money to pay them. NNPC is going bankrupt. The time has come to halt the rate at which Jonathan is bringing this country to bankruptcy. I think the House has taken the right decision.”

Comrade Debo Adeniran, founder, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, said he believes the president committed impeachable offence for implementing the budget poorly.

“If the government fails to implement the budget, it is an impeachable offence. He is due for impeachment,” he said, but noted that the House of Representatives might also be up to something.

Activist, Balarabe Musa said he did not think the president should be impeached for an offence that did not constitute gross misconduct, but noted that if the offence had to do with corruption, the president could be impeached.

“From the reason stated by the House of Representatives, I don’t think the president should be impeached. There are other alternatives to impeachment,” he stated.

According to Pius Ezeife, politician, what the House of Representatives was accusing the president of was not criminal and should never be an impeachable offence.

“An impeachable offence is something that is quite criminal and not just trivialities. There should be some criminal element in the impeachable offence.

“You don’t talk about impeaching the president any how you like. Nigerians should rise against this. We have many problems to solve in this country,” he said.

Activist, Bamidele Aturu said the truth of the matter was that the nation had not been having good leadership as corruption had risen.

“In my opinion, the presidency and the National Assembly should not even exist. Our leaders have failed us. There is so much insecurity and incompetence in the land. Unemployment is so high, roads are bad and there is no leadership. The National Assembly should not play to the gallery,” he stated.

Also speaking, Chris Akiri, a lawyer said the performance of the president had been so poor but noted that inadequate implementation of the budget should never be an impeachable offence.

“The reason for impeachment must border on gross misconduct. Failure to implement the budget should not amount to gross misconduct. There are other areas which have been overlooked by the House of Representatives.

Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo said there were so many things that happened during the Olusegun Obasanjo tenure that deserved impeachment but noted that the House could not do anything than to make noise.

“The body language of the House of Representatives is that they are angry against the executive for blocking their corrupt tendencies. The House does not have the moral standing to impeach the president. Nobody is taking them seriously,” he said



  1. samuel ebuka

    July 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    let justice be done.
    If the president deserve impeachment he should be impeach
    but if didnt deserve it he should not be impeach.
    The OverAlk EYES is watching you.

  2. Emmanuel

    July 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I’m nt surprizd y som riff raffs wnt d president out, they only wnt him out of their because i know they hav their evil in mind. I’m nt even sure we’v got a government in this country, i’m only aware of people who go to office and do nothing and stil eat the money ‘our money’. Lets say the president hasnt given them so much chances recently

  3. Lawrence okuefuna

    July 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    My take on the impeachment saga is that the House of Representatives should allow the president to discharge his constitutional duties his own way.

  4. Pst Nsidibe Edoho

    July 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    My good people of dis great Nation. All what this Nation need is a leader who will understand the need of the people of dis great nation. So let’s stop finding fault,let d House of rep support the president so that we can al achieve our goal. God has blessed dis country so much, let’s make good use of what we have,bcos,all of us wil surely give account of it on dat day.

  5. Igenije justice friday

    July 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    For God sake,u people shld allow mr president to hav rest.u started fightin him frm day one now u are talkin of impeachment again.God wil forgive all of u.

  6. Unwana sunday

    July 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Let the house of rep tackle the issue of Boko Haram before talking about impeaching the President . NONSENSE!

  7. budget

    July 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Goodluck Jonathan must go if we are to get some peace of mind this country, since he came to power, its been one problem to another, instead of moving forward, he takes us backwards, I see no reason what so ever that qualifies him to stay in power, we can’t right all the wrongs in one night but we can start from somewhere. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, let’s take that step.

  8. paul anayo onyeigbo

    July 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    people of the northern nig should allow my president GJ finished his good work God have chosen him to do for the sake of the poor mases, u so called house of repre and sponsord of bokaharam should go to hell with ur impeachment

  9. Omeje Ekene s.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Y is dis present houz of rep members always paying lip service. Some of them do nt even hav good records in their constituency. Jonathan shud b allowd 2 out stay his tenure!

  10. Jeph

    July 25, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Rochas okorocha is the answer to nigeria leadership palava.

  11. Nwachukwu V.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    I knw dat their plan is 4 Goodluck 2 resign. Hmm i wonder hw our country Nigeria wil turn into if dis evntuary hapnd. GOD PLS HELP US.

  12. Ben Emmanuel

    July 27, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    I think mr president from this should no that sm people dnt like him at all so he should be carefull, in the history of democracy in nigeria when did this happen, so there should live all this things there are saying

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