President Buhari on March 9 2010 told the National Assembly to impeach late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua when he was sick. According to him the only solution to the then present political uncertainty in the country was for the National Assembly to set machineries in motion for the impeachment of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He said this while addressing members of the National Unity Forum (NUF) which had visited him in Kaduna.
The forum led by Alhaji Maigida Musa Abdu had visited top northern leaders to seek their opinions on how best to handle the Yar’Adua mess and at the same time ensuring that the region does not lose out completely in the power equation, especially as the country approaches 2011.
According to Buhari,the Federal Executive Council must save the nation from the current agony by declaring the president incapacitated to pave the way for his impeachment.
He further argued that Nigeria as a nation, should not have been in the present situation if the provisions of the constitution were respected by the leadership of the country, insisting that the constitution has specific provisions on how an ailing president could be succeeded, even as he noted that the refusal by the FEC to respect and apply the constitutional provisions had led to the present crisis in the country.
In an apparent reference to the resolution passed by the National Assembly, which empowered Goodluck Jonathan to function as an acting president, Buhari said it was wrong to introduce extra-constitutional measures to tackle problems already addressed by the constitution.
‘As you can see, adopting extra-constitutional measures have not addressed the problem. If it had, we would not have been subjected to the raging debates and controversy going on. So we must go back to the constitution. The exco must do the right thing because once we start moving away from the constitution, then we are inviting anarchy’.