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As insecurity worsens in Nigeria, a minority group in senate threatens to impeach Buhari

As insecurity worsens in Nigeria, a minority group in senate threatens to impeach Buhari
In this 2015 photo file, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is interviewed by the Associated Press at Blair House in Washington.   -  
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**On Wednesday, July 27, Nigerian opposition senators called for President Muhammadu Buhari's impeachment if within six weeks, he failed to "resolve the issue" of insecurity. 

At a closed Senate session Wednesday, senators of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) attempted to introduce a motion giving Buhari an ultimatum to improve the country's security, senator Philip Aduda said.

"Nowhere is safe in Nigeria, even Abuja. Urgent steps need to be taken," Abuda told reporters after walking out from the chamber.

Aduda said the motion was blocked by Senate's president Ahmed Lawan, prompting the opposition senators to leave. 

Parliament is controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party rendering unlikely any successfull impeachment vote. For a president to be impeached, the motion requires support by two thirds of senators.

Less than a year before the end of his second term in office, the results of president Muhamadu Buhari's security policy has been widely decried.  

Speaking to Africanews correspondent David Agunloye Taylor shortly after the massacre of churchgoers in southwest Nigeria in June, Goddy Uwazurike, a Lagos based legal practitioner believed the Nigerian government failed its people in its constitutional responsability.

"We have a president, a governor, a police and army chiefs yet we are afraid" yet, "the security and wellfare of the people is the primary funtion of the government", the Uwazurike said.

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