The deployment of troops in ‘peace time’ by President Muhammadu Buhari and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo were in breach of the 1999 Constitution, Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) has said.
The constitutional lawyer criticized the National Assembly for not initiating impeachment proceedings against presidents who deployed troops in civil operations, without the assembly’s approval.
Ahamba made this assertion recently in an interview with newsmen.
He cited the current Operation Python Dance II in the Southeast, the Odi and Zaki Biam military operations, and the use of military during elections as constitutional infractions, which ought to be punished under the doctrine of checks and balances.
“National Assembly should explain why they have not initiated impeachment proceedings against all these presidents. If you look at Section 143 of the Constitution, breach of the constitution is impeachable. Now, things go wrong in this country because the institutions that are supposed to carry out the letters of the constitution have refused to do their work,” he said.
Ahamba, who said he chooses to stand with the constitution despite being friends with President Buhari also identified Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and other governors as political leaders, who have committed impeachable offences.