•Says its budget for consolidation of incompetence, waste and poverty.
•President deserves impeachment notice
The Nigeria’s opposition coalition CUPP (Coalition of United Political Parties) has called on the federal legislators, especially opposition lawmakers both in the Senate and House of Representatives to display what it described as the highest level of courage and patriotism by walking out in high numbers during President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled 2019 budget presentation or completely boycott the exercise.
In a statement on Sunday by the 1st National spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, CUPP said such action is a show of resentment and condemnation of the Buhari over what it sees asthree years reign of impunity, non-implementation of past budgets, abuse of state institutions, incompetence driven economic crisis, deaths of many Nigerians, intimidation, abuse of appropriation laws and refusal to sign the electoral act for free and fair elections.
Ugochinyere stressed that the opposition call for walk out by the legislators is needed to draw attention to Buhari’s “inability to implement previous budgets, refusal to sign electoral act, infliction of poverty on Nigerians, rise in Boko Haram activities, refusal to sign PIGB, refusal to attend burial of soldiers killed in Metele while service Chiefs were campaigning with him, Illegal detentions, refusal to obey Court orders, inability to rescue Leah Sharibu and remaining Chibok girls, politicization of Police, use of IG for framing opposition, secret detention of Activist Deji Adeyanju in underground police cell”.
Part of the statement reads: “The opposition coalition holds the view that sitting down and listening to a man who has led several assaults on the institutions of our nations constitutional governance is tacit support to his many sins against our nation, a man who has refused to implement previous budgets passed since 2015 till date, a man who has committed gross misconduct and obstruction of justice by refusing to obey judgments of courts including ECOWAS Court, a man who disrespects and treats like tissue papers resolutions of parliament, a man whose IG of Police frames political opponents of the president, a man who promised to fix the economy and turned Nigeria into the poverty capital of the world, a man who commands security forces that have no respect for the lives of the citizens, a man who has failed to fight corruption squarely and fairly but rather protects the biggest looters of our nation’s treasury under his watch, a man who has lost control of his government as alleged by his wife with two unidentified and unelected men running presidential powers under him, a man who has divided our nation along ethnic and religious lines, a man who has failed woefully to fulfil the constitutional requirements of governance which is the protection of lives and properties etc. He does not deserve the company of pure democrats found in the midst of the opposition because such attendance will be abiding and supporting the reign of impunity of Mr President who deserves an impeachment notice for his many acts of gross misconduct, incompetence and obstruction of justice and not attendance at his budget speech which is always empty and lacking in substance.
“Our call for the heroic, patriotic and courageous walk out/Boycott of the 2019 Budget presentation on Wednesday 19th December 2018 is hinged on the following national interest based economic and political reasons, refusal by President Buhari to substantially implement previous budgets from 2015 to 2018 which led to rise in poverty, waste and sufferings of Nigerians, refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill that will guarantee free and fair election, reduce rigging and avert bloody electoral contest, infliction of poverty on Nigerians as a result of incompetence and prompt leadership action. The sudden rise in Bokoharam activities, armed robbery and bloody violence across Nigeria, refusal to sign Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) which would have raised revenue for Nigerians and protected the Niger Delta people and their environment, refusal to attend the burial of the heroic Nigerian soldiers killed in Metele Borno State on the same day Service Chiefs left their duty post and were attending his campaign flag off in Aso Rock, illegal detention of opposition and innocent citizens and clampdown on human rights, freedom of speech and associations especially right to peaceful protest or opinion, refusal to obey Court orders and Obstruction of Justice, inability to rescue Leah Shuaibu the only Christian girl still in the hands of the boko haram after others where released and remaining Chibok girls, politicization of the Nigerian Police and use of Inspector General of Police for framing opposition leaders, filing of frivolous charges and biased usage of the Police for intimidation and rigging of election, illegal Secret detention of Activist Deji Adeyanju in the Underground police cell after he was released by the Court, refusal to strengthen the fight against corruption by supporting the corruption institution and appointing a substantive chairman after the present illegal occupant Magu failed parliamentary screening three times, politicisation of the agency and refusal to order investigation of many criminal and corruption acts against the friends , officers and relatives of the regime etc .”
“It is important to note that after careful review of the pattern of the past three years budget including the snippets from the 2019 budget we can categorically tell Nigerians that the documents is once again an empty proposal that lacks the capacity to pull Nigeria out of the economic woes the previous Buhari budget landed it and hence caption it a budget for consolidation of incompetence, waste and poverty and an official paper for the rampaging looters to complete their four years looting cycle.
“The only symbol of democracy and peoples representation is the institution of the parliament and when modern democracies are facing extinction, the fearless parliament led by the energy and courage of pure democrats always comes to the rescue, hence the need for patriotic opposition lawmakers to use the 2019 budget presentation to stand with Nigerian people by acting in any of these manners, standup and walk out holding the green-white-green flags once the president arrives, standup and walk out midway into his speech or boycott the event at a press conference at NASS minutes before the president arrives.”
“CUPP urges our heroic lawmakers to ensure that they surpass the records of the walkout by their colleagues in 2013 in St kitts and Nives budget Boycott , 2017 Pakistan Budget Presentation boycott and 2018 Ugandan Lawmakers boycott of President Museveni budget over his growing acts of impunity.”
“In conclusion, as we salute in advance those our patriotic lawmakers who will standup against the over three years reign of an elected leader turned dictator without vision, the opposition call on all Nigerians to have patience and keep the mobilisation going on in all villages and Wards for the eventual election of the consensus candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi for the task of making Nigeria Work Again. The Atiku leadership will unite all Nigerians, rebuild the economy and secure the country and we all shall live happily, prosperously and United.”