By Ignatius Okorocha
Senator Isa Misau took the shine at the SenateA�on WednesdayA�when he told the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly that President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting to remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki,A�to facilitate his bid to re-contest the presidency in 2019.
He accused the President of appointing mainly incompetent Nigerians into his cabinet and sensitive security positions.
At the session, Senators set aside party loyalty to frankly speak on Misaua��s motion bordering on insecurity in the country.
Misau pointedly accused Buhari of not doing enough to protect Nigerians against marauders who are killing them in droves.
His charges at the President prompted the Senate to fixA�WednesdayA�andA�Thursday next weekA�to hold a National Security Summit.
According to Misau, Buhari has continued to appoint incompetent people, while the business of government suffers, without the President doing anything serious to stave off the mayhem.
Misau is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and hails from Bauchi State.
As he vent his anger on the government, Saraki, who presided over the plenary, did not stop him. He gave the lawmaker ample time to express himself, while other Senators listened with rapt attention.
Misua said that the Executive arm of government plays double standard in its anti-corruption war, noting that the appointment of the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, was tainted with nepotism.
He alleged that Abubakar does not qualify to be the NIA boss, because he had failed promotion examination twice and had to exit the service to save his face.
a�?Today, the DG NIA that was just appointed; is he qualified to be there? Hea��s not qualified! This is the person that failed two promotion exams; we know. He failed two and just because he is close to people taking decisions, he was appointed,” he stressed.
Abubakar before his new appointment was the Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSA) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
Misau continued: a�?So many incompetent people are holding so many positions in government. 50 per cent of the ministers are not performing. Since the President assumed office, he has not taken any decision to move this country forward. Today, we are seeing it and everybody is avoiding it; nobody wants to say anything.
“We say we are fighting corruption, Mr. Babachir Lawal (Ex-SGF) that the Senate Committee indicted, and the Vice Presidenta��s Committee indicted, is untouched.A�A�Today, they are pursuing other people, why cana��t they take Lawal to court and all of us are here keeping quiet,a�? he querried.
Misau also descended on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN).
“This AGF is becoming a nuisance, going to court to stop Mainaa��s probe and we are still here. The IG came here with a lawyer insisting that he cannot answer any question from the Senate. After that, he went to seek for an order restraining the Senate from performing its constitutional duties”.
He described the Buhari-led government as too vindictive, adding that it was making efforts at getting Saraki removed from office.
Misau also said that he was aware of a plot by the Presidency, through a serving minister, to create problems for Saraki and get him removed because Aso Villa fears that Saraki is set to decamp from the APC.
a�?When we were on holidays, so many people were going behind plotting that they should try and remove the Senate President. And it was a minister that was spearheading it. What is the reason? They said that the Senate President would leave APC, that they should create problems for him (Saraki). What kind of country is this? Everything is about religion, about tribe,a�? he lamented.
Senator Ben Bruce-Murray had earlier dissected the security apparati, describing the heads of the security agencies as incompetent.
When Misau was done, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, rose in defence of the President, saying the words used against Buhari by the speakers were too harsh and called for caution.
His position was, however, not popular as he was interjected by his colleagues, forcing him to keep shouting at the top of his voice, asking the Senate President to give him protection.