Some Nigerians have desperately called for the impeachment of the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari.
The move for Buhari’s impeachment was prompted by the announcement of the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, that Nigeria is officially facing economic recession.
On the other hand, there have been looming though unconfirmed speculations of an imminent military coup. Last month, Niger Delta Militants confirmed that they have been receiving anonymous calls in praise of pipeline vandalism.
“Some top military men through their civil agents approached us to cause and continue the vandalization of the oil and gas pipelines in the Niger delta region so as to use as an excuse to take over the government from democracy to military rule in the country.”
“We said no as such plan will not work and not in conformity with our genuine desire of agitation.The military want to disgrace him now and let him quickly look into the issues and make pronouncement for his administration to be in peace.”- Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF)
According to the group, the idea was to use the Niger-Delta predicament as a reason to depose the ruling government.
Nigeria’s military force has debunked the claim; saying it’s a mere rumor. Yet there is a report that the government is making investigations and is set to make high profile arrests in the military.
“We are much better under democracy. Military misadventure in democracy should not repeat itself. We see it as an attempt to show some misgivings by some officers and the political class, but they will fail.”- Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff.
Nigerians are saddened that in the midst of all of the economic hardship, the government has said that it may not be able to pay worker’s salaries from October. Fueling the pending harsher reality, was IMF’s recession warning. This has caused the uproar for Buhari’s impeachment.
Before now it has been incredibly tough for the average Nigerian. Imagine what will happen by October.
The nation’s economy since Buhari’s administration coupled with the global decline in oil price has deteriorated to a discouraging level. Nigeria’s GDP growth was at 3.86 per cent in the first quatre- Q1 2015, now it has contracted to the lowest in almost 11 years, at 0.36%.
It is clear to see that the call for Buhari’s impeachment is a sign that the President has lost his popularity amongst the people.