Soyinka backs lawmakers against Buhari on Impeachment
Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Prize winner, has supported the six-week deadline set by some federal Lawmakers for President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to end terrorism or face impeachment.
In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Abeokuta Club, Soyinka spoke on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The session’s theme was “Good governance or mis-governance: The contract called democracy,” and panelists included Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board, Gbenga Adeoye, Ogo-Oluwa Bankole, and Sunday Oduntan from the Electricity Distribution Companies.
The Peoples Democratic Party-aligned senators and members of the House of Representatives issued the ultimatum last week in response to ongoing instability in the nation.
The moderator of the event, Soyinka, stated that the President should be removed from office because he had broken the democratic pact.
“Democracy signals a bargain, which is why a candidate submits a manifesto,” he remarked. The candidate is either accepted or rejected based on that manifesto.
We can all agree that mis-governance is a frequent basis for contract breaches, and impeachment is one method for doing so that is well recognized even before the contract’s lifetime has passed.
“The President, who is the head of state, will be impeached by some parliamentarians, for this reason. One cleric has really gone even further. He thinks that the impeachment should happen in the bush with the kidnappers rather than in the parliamentary building, and he called to them to speed up the process by impeaching the President, taking him away, along with some of his aides and one or two governors.
However, when Soyinka posed the topic of whether or not the President should be removed from office, the majority of the audience, which included dignitaries and club members, raised their hands in support.
He further criticized the fact that Buhari, whose performance he claimed was so appalling that lawmakers are discussing his impeachment, will choose his successor when his term is up.
“Any president, prime minister, or whatever is entitled to one vote in any democracy,” he continued. We are not advocating depriving someone of their rights just because they are in charge of governance.
“They had the right to advocate for any candidate they chose, but there is no provision in any democratic constitution that I am aware of that mandates that the head of state choose the person who will succeed him or her.
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“I’m not aware of it, but this head of government is widely regarded as having failed and mismanaged to the point that impeachment is being discussed, in my opinion.
“I overhear the governors approaching this person, this failure, and pleading with him to nominate a replacement for us.
“Many of us in this country, including governors, including chairmen of local governments, what comprehension they have of this process called democracy because what these governors are telling us is that after a failure has occupied a seat of government for eight years, that failure should give us another failure for another eight years,” one governor told the public.
Soyinka pleaded with the governors to refrain from erecting a dynasty of failure in order to preserve democracy.
Falana’s words supported Soyinka’s argument that the democratic process must not be abused.
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He criticized Nigerians for being forced to follow leaders.
Oloyede asked Nigerians in his response to focus on the state governments’ contribution to the failure rather than the federal government’s mistakes.
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