Nigerian Govt not aware of Buhari’s impeachment case – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Wednesday said the Federal Government was not aware of any court judgment directing National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Alhaji LAi Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture

Mohammed made this comment while reacting to questions at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

A Report says a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State and presided over by Justice Maurice Onyetenu, on Wednesday ordered the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment process against the President.

Onyetenu gave the order based on the suit filed by Kanmi Ajibola and Sulaiman Adeniyi, both lawyers, urging the court to enforce the National Assembly to impeach President Buhari.

The minister said he only heard about the judgment and he needed to read it before making any comment on the issue.

“I’m just hearing from you. So, I will need to read it first time myself before I can make any comment. I didn’t here (that),” Mohammed told newsmen.

One of the nation’s national dailies had reported on its online platform on Wednesday that the two lawyers had three months ago written to the National Assembly on the need to impeach Buhari.

They cited alleged constitutional breaches by the president and threatened that they would go to court if NASS failed to act accordingly.

“But when the lawmakers refused, they headed for court and filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Osogbo asking for an order of mandamus to compel both the Senate and the House of Representatives to start the impeachment proceedings of President Buhari.

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“In the suit filed on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, they hinged their arguments on four grounds on why the National Assembly should impeach the Buhari.

“In the motion ex-parte, the duo claimed that in flagrant violation of the 1999 constitution, President Buhari contested the election, won and was sworn in as the president on the 29th day of May 2015 without possessing the basic constitutional requirement, which would have made him qualified for the contest of the election,” the online platform read in part.

 

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