Legislators and parts of the House of Representatives had started gathering signatures for the removal of the president after the November 20 security attack on the National Assembly. Amid the attack, the speaker of the House Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and different legislators were teargased by the police. House parts started gathering signatures that same day while legislators followed after two days. What’s more effectively, 200 memebers and about 60 senators were said to have tossed their weight behind moves to expel the president.
Monguno, a former Attorney General of Borno State told Sunday Trust he was one of many 200 members who signed the impeachment motion on November 20, saying, “some newspapers published names of those who signed the motion but my name was conspicuously omitted.” Arguing that president Jonathan had no reason to keep in office anymore having failed to guard Nigerians against Boko Haram insurgents, Monguno said:
“The federal government led by President Goodluck Jonathan has woefully failed to discharge these responsibilities. The government which is solely responsible for the security of the people has failed to protect the lives and property of my constituents. For five years now there have been consistent Boko Haram attacks in various parts of my constituency leading to the displacement of a whole local government in the constituency. Jonathan has woefully failed to provide for the security and welfare of my constituents that was why I signed the motion to oust him.”
The lawmakers further accused the Jonathan administration of “monumental” corruption, saying, “for almost any development to take place there’s the necessity for dividends of democracy to attain individuals but due to the monumental corruption that’s characterized this government, development is no further achieving the people at the grass root and the government has clearly demonstrated insufficient capacity to fight corruption. The executive arm of government led by President Jonathan is an enormous failure.
Of all alleged constitutional breaches by the president, Monguno said the security siege on national assembly was the ultimate stroke that broke the camel’s back hence, the proceed to impeach Jonathan.
“We need only one third of the members of the House to serve the president impeachment notice and so far we have got far more than that so as we resume the motion will be formally tabled for the president to be notified. It is only the removal that requires two third. When we reconvene on December 3rd the president will be served impeachment notice,” he explained.