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Published On: Tue, Jul 30th, 2019

Impeaching elected officer unhealthy for democracy – Anyim

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By Christiana Ekpa

The Former Senate President in the 4th Assembly, and the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has disclosed that impeachment of any elected officer in any arm of Government, especially when it is contrived is unhealthy for democratic progress.
This was just as the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, emphasized the needs for theme work on “Nation Building, a Joint Task“, adding that, Nigerians must know that the joint task of nation building is not just across party lines, but extends to the other arms of government.
The former lawmaker gave the warning at the 2nd public lecture of the National Assembly Legislative Digest, with the theme, “20 years of the National Assembly in the 4th Republic: The Tasks Ahead of the 9th National Assembly”.
Anyim, who was the Chairman of the Occasion, urged both arms of government to strive to avoid impeachment for whatever reason.
He said “I wish to restate our view that impeachment of any elected officer in any arm of government, especially when it is contrived is unhealthy for our democratic progress”.
According to him, “The reemergence of democracy in our body politics 20 years ago has a lot of significance in our national life; and stands out for the following reasons: It marked the successful end of a long battle to wrestle power from the military;
“It marked the formal restoration of democratic governance under a constitution. It resurrected and restored the legislature as an arm of government.
“It restored electoral processes and free choice into our body politic. It opened the door for political aspirations by politicians, of whom all of us who participated since 1999 are among.
“As we celebrate today, we must not fail to pay our respects to our political leaders who led this battle, some of whom paid with their lives. Foremost in line in this regard is the late MKO Abiola. In the second category are the legends of our democratic struggle, like Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Bola Ige, Jerry Gana, Chief Solomon Lar, Abubakar Rimi and others.

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