*Begs Minority NASS caucus not to invoke constitutional measures
…..As APC Reps caucus Shun meeting
By Ignatius Okorocha
In an effort to disabuse the minds of Nigerians from the wake up call by the National Assembly minority caucus on President Muhammadu Buhari to bring an end to the rising insecurity besieging the country, or face impeachment, Senate APC caucus on Wednesday assured the citizenry that the President is on top of the situation.
This is even as House of Representatives counterparts of the ruling party were conspicuously absent from the meeting.
The group led by the majority Leader of the Senate,Sen Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi had at a media briefing in response to the claims of the opposition party lamented that the statement issued by the Minority Cuscus on Tuesday was capable of over- heating an already charged polity.
According to the leader who led other APC members to speak to the journalists after an hour closed door meeting said,”While we acknowledge the natural disposition of playing politics, we are worried and disturbed that our colleagues are playing with lives.
“The unfortunate state of insecurity; for which the Senate has continuously debated and issued resolutions to support the actions of the executive under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the overriding interest of the public, is too delicate to play with.
“In all our deliberations, the entire Senate including the minority had discussed exhaustively in a very robust, transparent and patriotic flavor to arrive at our concrete resolutions. A case in point is the current invitation to engage the service chiefs.
“Furthermore, we take exception to the unfortunate charge that our President has not been seen. This is false and cheap politics. Mr. President and service – chiefs are meticulously busy every day and every night in deliberations with a view to addressing the security challenges across the entire country.”
The group appealed to Nigerians not to loose faith in the APC led government assuring the citizenry that present security challenges would certainly be surmounted by this administration.
“We want to assure Nigerians that Mr. President is in charge of government and is discharging his duties conscientiously and patriotically. It is a well-known fact that the Federal Government under the PDP refused to invest in the security infrastructure of the country while Mr. President under the APC led Government had massively invested in this regard more than any past governments and we are confident that the nation will surmount its current security challenges.
“Furthermore, it must be noted that the global economy is in turmoil triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and Nigeria’s is not an exception. The Federal Government is aware of the challenges and is working to massively get the economy working for Nigerians through agricultural intervention projects, infrastructure development projects and social interventions to reduce the pains of the economic downturn on ordinary Nigerians,” the group noted.
Abdullahi pleaded with the minority caucus and all Nigerians to join hands with the the present administration to proffer solutions to this hydra-headed security challenges.
“In doing so, we want to assure Nigerians, and the international community that the rule of law will be respected and the rights to political opposition guaranteed. We ask for support and continuous constructive criticisms as envisaged by the tenets of our participatory democracy.
“We reject and dissociate ourselves from all and any inflammatory statements that appear to threaten the authority of Mr. President and our party. We accordingly, wish to remind them that blame game and threats of “constitutional measures” are unwelcome and will not help in any form to address the challenges the nation currently faces,” the group said.