LAGOS—Notable Nigerians including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, have described the gale of impeachments across the country as a danger to the sustenance of democracy, calling for the reassessment of the impeachment clause in the 1999 Constitution with a view to properly redefining what constitutes ‘gross misconducts’ in the process.
Speaking at the one-day roundtable discussion on the theme: Save Our Democracy, jointly organised by Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, Journalists for Democratic Rights, JODER, and Spaces for Change, S4C, in Lagos, Falana and other participants held that the need to save democracy in Nigeria had become a crucial and urgent challenge for concerned citizens irrespective of political, social and sectarian tendencies.
Falana spoke on The Nigeria Police and Freedom of Expression; Mr. Wahab Shittu on Democracy, Impeachment and the Constitution: Nasarawa State in Focus, while Mrs. Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri led discussions on Corruption and Governance.
In a communiqué released at the end of the roundtable, it was submitted that the parlous state of socio-economic and political order in Nigeria had been heightened by reckless pursuits of political ambitions leading to undue appetite among the political class ahead of 2015 general elections.
Speaking on the recent impeachment moves in Nassarawa State, the roundtable noted: “The gale of impeachment threats against state executives by state legislators is condemnable and highly reprehensible. The impeachment charade in Nasarawa State was a glaring assault on constitutionalism and that the demand of the House of Assembly for the disbandment of the probe panel set up by the Chief Judge of the state amounted to reckless abuse of judicial process.”