Civil society groups in Bayelsa State yesterday challenged the members of the House of Representatives to review its threat on the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan over the non-implementation of the 2012 Budget. It warned that such threat was retrogressive and a new attempt to provoke renewed militancy against oil revenue of the country.
The Civil Liberty Organisation led by the State Secretary, Comrade Morris Alagoa and the former state chairman of Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Barr, Stanley Amabide said though the issue of impeachment was part of democracy, the threat by the members of the House of Representatives was misplaced and could create more crisis than expected for the nation to bear.
The Ijaw group known as the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiatives (IPDI) through its National Coordinator, Comrade Austin Ozobo , argued that the action of the members of the National Assembly against the President was a renewed attempt to provoke security situation that would allegedly allow their pay masters to disrupt the second term ambition of the President and install their stooge in the Presidency.
The Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) in a statement signed by the State Secretary, Comrade Morris Alagoa said, "impeachment, ordinarily is an integral part of any democracy and, the Nigerian Constitution [as imperfect as it is] also made provisions for same.
It is an ethos of democracy. And the offences that will attract impeachment are known to the lawmakers. The thing is, if this threat of impeachment is not conceived in the interest of the masses and good governance; if it is to satisfy the self interest of the lawmakers or a section of the country, group or an individual; then there is no way people who are concerned will take such move lightly."