Saul Anuzis, a Republican politician in the United States, stated on Wednesday that the electorate, not opposition politicians, should have the power to remove President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) from office.
As he made the case that politicians who play such a role undermine democracy itself, he said this.
This information was revealed by Anuzis, a former leader of the Michigan Republican Party, in an article headed “America’s newest export: Impeachment Proceedings” that appeared in the Washington Times on Tuesday.
The essay was nevertheless released by the Presidency on Wednesday in a statement headed “Senior U.S. Republican mocks attempt to impeach President Buhari.”
By twice impeaching former president Donald Trump and criminalizing him through the January 6 proceedings, the US Senate, according to Anuzis, set a bad precedent.
This prompted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct a raid on Trump’s lavish Florida home on Monday. This action has intensified the bitter political discourse around the several legal probes that the former president is dealing with as he considers a candidacy for the White House again in 2024.
As said by Anuzis, “Since the Democrats started going after Mr. Trump in the name of democracy, around the globe copycat impeachments have been popping up in dozens of countries. From Malta to Peru and South Africa to Nigeria, suddenly democratically elected leaders the world over are being challenged, not by the voters, but their rival politicians.
“Sure, the job of opposition leaders is to hold those in power to account. To help them do their job we have structures — committees to challenge and question, with powers of subpoena — and much more.
“But it’s not opposition politicians’ job to remove democratically elected leaders from office. That’s for the voters. And when politicians snatch that role from them, it undermines democracy itself.
He added that the recent events in the U.S. gave legitimacy and international attention to “this unscrupulous and underhanded political tactic.”
He claimed that the Nigerian government’s response to the danger was predictable.
“It called on the opposition to collaborate with the government more closely on tackling the same security issues that form the basis of their complaint, rather than resorting to theatrics.
“But the damage was already done. The headline-grabbing stunt achieved what was intended: allowing left-wing international broadcasters such as CNN and BBC to naively report the impeachment attempt — without bothering to understand or cover the underhand reasons behind it,” he said.
The Republican lawmaker asserted that the Buhari administration had made substantial progress in addressing the dangers, while acknowledging that Nigeria faces serious security issues that have gotten worse as a result of the epidemic and the global cost of living problem.
“Africa has sadly replaced the Middle East as the global breeding ground of Islamist terrorism. African governments and their stretched security forces are on the frontlines of battling this scourge.
“With many of these violent groups linked to global networks of terror, this is a threat that could extend well beyond the borders of Africa.
“Those African governments that are giving their all to fight this threat need and deserve all the support we can give,” Anuzis noted.
He cautioned US politicians to exercise caution in how they influence politicians in other democracies throughout the world, particularly in more recent democracies in Africa, because they are the leaders of the free world.
“If we play dirty politics at the expense of democracy, those democracies that look to us will follow suit. And then those who we should be united in fighting, the enemies of freedom, will gain the upper hand,” he said.