A civil society group, Center for Law and Civil Culture, CLCC has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use all in his powers as the commander-in-chief to make sure that trouble makers are prevented from truncating Nigeria’s thriving democracy.
The call came on the heels of impeachment notice served on the Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom by eight lawmakers in the Benue state House of Assembly on July 30. The lawmakers cited the mismanagement of funds belonging to the state by the Benue helmsman.
The CLCC has however, criticized the action of the lawmakers, insisting that the state could be set on fire if Governor Ortom is forced out of office by the minority state lawmakers. There are 22 lawmakers in the Assembly.
According to a press statement made available to journalists in Lagos, signed by CLCC’s Executive Secretary, Abdul Ganeey Imran, it described the action as a day light robbery of the people of Benue, alien to Nigeria’s laws and as such must be condemned by all and sundry.
The ‘CLCC hereby condemn the purported impeachment notice as illegal, immoral, unlawful and unconstitutional.
It’s a broad daylight robbery and rape on the rule of law and democracy. It’s against all known ethical values and principles for which the good people of Benue state in particular and the Nigerian people in general are reputed for,” CLCC said.
The civil society group has therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use state power under his control to prevent further break-down of law and order in the state.
Stating that Benue state must be prevented from plunging into crisis CLCC calls “on the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, on whom we have absolute trust and confidence, to immediately direct the inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force and Director General of the DSS to prevent imminent breakdown of law and order in Benue state which has in recent times, witnessed series of blood-shed.”
The only way to maintain peace in the troubled state, CLCC stated “is for the concerned security agencies to exhibit the highest level of professionalism and neutrality in arresting the situation.”