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Removal of Plateau Speaker who protected Christians’ interests, a sham – HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the impeachment of the Plateau State Assembly Speaker, Honorable Ayub...


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the impeachment of the Plateau State Assembly Speaker, Honorable Ayuba Abok, as a sham, stating that the move was unconstitutional.


It was reported that 8 out of the 24 members of the Assembly impeached the Speaker on Thursday morning over alleged corruption.


Reacting, in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; and National Media Affairs Officer, Miss Zainab Yusuf, the rights group said the impeachment exercise is a “mere display of political witch hunt against the speaker who has been very effective in checkmating the failures of the Governor Simon Lalong led administration in the state”.


According to the statement, the removal of the speaker who had “championed the need for the Ethnic Christians who are the bonafide owners of Plateau State to be protected from persisted Fulani terrorists and genocides, shows that the Plateau State Governor Mr. Simon Lanlong is a puppet of the Sokoto caliphate”.


HURIWA stated that allowing the “kangaroo impeachment” to stand will portray Plateau State’s political class as people with medieval mindsets who lack the genuine interests of their people at heart.


The group asked the former speaker to rush to a court of competent jurisdiction to get the “charade overturned or alternatively run a parallel state house of Assembly representing the majority of the State’s constituencies.”


HURIWA further alleged that the impeachment is not unconnected with the recent ultimatum given to the governor by the hitherto vibrant and pro-people parliament following incessant killings of helpless and defenseless citizens in the state with Bassa local government being the worst hit.


“It has become very obvious that the governor has failed to address the issues of insecurity in the state and the only option left for him to survive inevitable impeachment is to illegally orchestrate a sham impeachment of the speaker of the Assembly,” HURIWA said.


“The National Assembly can as well take over the control of the parliamentary activities for Plateau State if the illegal impeachment is not overturned on time.

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