- A former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, says interventions by him and other prominent Nigerians stopped Olusegun Obasanjo from being impeached
- Gowon notes that some prominent Nigerians who intervened to stop Obasanjo’s impeachment include Abdulsalami Abubakar, ex-president Ernest Shonakon, among others
- The former ruler says that if the action of the legislature which was to embarrass Obasanjo was allowed to be implemented, those who succeeded him would have faced similar fate
A former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has said he and other prominent Nigerians pleaded with a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba and ex-Senate president, Pius Anyim, not to impeach Olusegun Obasanjo when he served as president of Nigeria.
Gowon made the disclosure on Saturday, July 13, when he spoke at the inaugural public lecture in honour of late Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa Abisoye in Abuja, Daily Trust reports. Gowon was chairman of the occasion where Na’Abbah was also a guest.
The former head of state said he along with Abdulsalami Abubakar, ex-president Ernest Shonakon, among many other eminent Nigerians played the role in preventing Obasanjo from being impeached by the then speaker and Senate president.
“I can see Alhaji Ghali Na’Abbah here and I can assure you we had some very important discussions and I know that we had to appeal to him and the President of the Senate not to impeach Obasanjo and of course, because of the respect they had for us, they listened to us," he said.
"If we had allowed them impeach the president at that time of our democracy, no president in Nigeria would escape being harrassed. So, I thank you very much for listening to us.”
Meanwhile, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has reacted to rumours that he will be a rubber stamp in the hands of the executive arm of the federal government. Lawan said the rumours are all based on sentiment, adding that they are laughable.
According to The Nation, Lawan said that although he believes in the visions of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has a mind of his own, adding that he will engage the federal government with a decent and decisive manner.
The Senate president stated that the red chamber under him will challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive.
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