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Nigerian opposition senators call for Buhari’s removal over security concerns

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrives for the Leaders Retreat, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Intare Conference Center in Kigali, Rwanda, June 25, 2022. Dan Kitwood/Pool via REUTERS

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ABUJA, July 27 (Reuters) – Nigerian opposition senators have been pushing for President Muhammadu Buhari to be impeached, 10 months before the end of his second term, due to growing security concerns in the country, the Senate Minority Leader said Wednesday.

Nigerians go to the polls in February 2023 to elect a new president in a hotly contested vote where security and the state of the economy will be the main issues.

In a closed session of the Senate, senators from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) tried to introduce a motion giving Buhari six weeks to improve the country’s security or face impeachment, Senator Philip Aduda said. .

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“No place is safe in Nigeria, even Abuja. Urgent action must be taken…we have given the president six weeks to resolve the issue or we impeach him,” he said.

Aduda said the motion was blocked by the president of the Senate, causing opposition senators to walk out. Parliament is controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party and any attempt to impeach Buhari would require the support of two-thirds of senators.

In a statement, the presidency backed the Senate speaker for not “accepting the ridiculous motion to impeach our president.”

Nigeria is grappling with security challenges across its vast territory, including armed robbery by criminal gangs, an Islamic insurgency in the northeast and a series of mass kidnappings from schools in the northwest.

Government Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the impeachment decision was propaganda.

“We are working around the clock…to make sure the situation is under control,” Mohammed said.

Nigerian authorities ordered schools in the capital Abuja to close on Wednesday two days before the summer vacation to prevent them from becoming easy targets for terrorism as insecurity spreads, underscoring the country’s security concerns .

Islamic State this month claimed responsibility for a raid on a prison in Abuja that freed around 440 inmates. Read more

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Additional reporting by Felix Onuah; Written by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Richard Pullin

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