A coalition of over 80 human rights organisations under the aegis of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the poor state of the nation and the worsening insecurity that had taken place in Nigeria during the first and second quarters of the year.
The organisation, therefore, advised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to act fast or resign because it was obvious he had failed the country.
The NCSSR said these during a press conference on the state of the nation addressed by its Convener, Ene Obi, and co-convener, James Ugochukwu.
Beyond threats of impeachment of the President, the activists called on the National Assembly to intensify their oversight function on the Executive and exude that they are representatives of the people by protecting and representing their interests.
The organisation in the text of the conference read by Obi also asked the Senate to carry out “a thorough background check and scrutiny of the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari, to allay any political party affiliation or alignment by any of the nominees.”
Obi said, “A few months ago, Situation Room, on May 12 2022, raised the alarm on the rising level of insecurity in the country, the level of transparency and accountability in the electoral process, among other concerns. It is rather disheartening that two months later, the State of the Nation has further depreciated thereby raising questions about the leadership of the country.”
Situation Room also raised more concerns on insecurity, attack on Kuje correctional center, economy, strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and 2023 elections.
The group then suggested that the Independent National Electoral Commission should extend the voter registration process for another two months to accommodate more prospective voters as there is still a window for extension in accordance with the Electoral Act, 2022.
The CSOs called on Buhari to wake up to his responsibilities of steering the nation’s affairs in the areas of security and economic restoration, which will rebuild the citizens’ confidence by reassuring Nigerians of his ability to govern Nigeria or should honourably resign if the challenges are overwhelming.
Situation Room further called on Nigerian citizens to put their State Governors to task and demand accountability for their actions or inactions regarding the State of the Nation.