President Muhammadu Buhari called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council for Thursday after senators threatened to impeach him if the present security situation did not get better.
Senators agreed to give the president a six-week deadline to handle the current wave of insecurity or risk being impeached, according to Senate Minority Leader Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT), who led a walkout after Senate President Ahmad Lawan blocked a motion to discuss the recent security difficulties.
After the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, responded to inquiries about the threat made by the lawmakers by saying that the federal government was in control of the security situation.
He thanked the senators for their worries, but added that the government was keeping an eye on the nation’s security situation as measures were being done to allay their concerns over the recent development.
Mohammed said “Resolution passed by Senators, as rightly said, it was passed when we were deliberating, but we thank them for their patriotism and their concern, but we are working round the clock, 24 hours, to ensure that the situation is brought under control.
“I want to assure you that the president is aware of all these and, as a matter of fact, I think tomorrow, there’s going to be another Security Council meeting. So, it’s not a matter the president is taking lightly and like I’ll always say, some of the measures we’re going to take are not measures that you can discuss openly here, but we’re as concerned as you are, we’re not going to abandon our responsibility.”
The minister also referred to the terrorists’ threat to kidnap President Buhari as absurd and mere propaganda.
“As to those who have issued threats to Mr. President, I think it’s more of propaganda than anything. It’s laughable.”