TRUMP IMPEACHMENT: Who Would Dare Tell Buhari He Is Not Above The Law?

By Ikenga Chronicles December 22, 2019

–Amaechi Wordshot

As I followed the impeachment hearings in the American Congress, I wished I could cry. I wish I could shed tears of sorrow, not for President Trump whose fate I knew was already sealed, considering the weighty allegations against him that were eventually distilled into two main articles of impeachment, and the steady and unrelenting push of the House Committees that investigated him, but for my country Nigeria, and how the President is clearly openly disdainful of our rule of law and nobody dared raise a voice to reproach this unspeakable contempt and disregard for the constitution in any of the chambers of our legislature.

From the debate, it was too obvious to notice the sentimental similarities between mainstream Buharists, their party APC and the Republicans, as all the later have for answer to the clear allegation of breach of the constitution by President Trump, was that the Democrats dominated House hated him and thus wanted him out from day one. Nothing anyone said about the President possibly misusing same in withholding a lawfully approved aid to Ukraine, an important American ally that needed help at a critical time they were constrained by Russia, and an image boosting Whitehouse visit by the country’s President, until they initiated an investigation against Joe Biden, a personal political rival to Trump in the 2020 elections, for possible smear by the Trump campaign, made any sense to them.

They also saw nothing wrong in Trump taking the unprecedented steps of bluntly refusing to furnish the House Committees with relevant documents they requested to aid their enquiries, just as he barred the executive from cooperating with them, as he ranted on twitter and riled against them in the campaign trail. This formed the second basis for his impeachment, obstruction of justice. Why I almost wept for my country was the passion and pain the debaters displayed while talking about their President not acting in line with the tenets of the constitutional democracy the founding fathers of America had established, that required that those who exercised power did so on behalf of the people, as enshrined in their constitution, and must never at any time act like they were above the law.

They accused Trump of acting like a dictator and in a monarchy whose whims, in all of his erratic inclinations, were the law. Who is talking about Buhari’s now fully blossomed dictatorship? Who in the legislature is concerned about his abuse of our rule of law, which he actually believes he is above in not obeying court orders, and openly declaring that ‘national interest’, a term that is not in our constitution and means whatever definitions he gives it, was more important than rule of law?

So, whether those who impeached President Trump in the House was right or wrong; whether he eventually gets his reprieve from his party controlled Senate or not, what Americans clearly stated loudly to the rest of the world to hear was that no one, no matter how highly placed, and certainly not even Mr. President, was above the law. They found him impeachable, in abusing his powers, and obstructing the Congress, an independent and equal arm of government, from doing their constitutional job of carrying out its oversight duties on the executive. How many times was Buhari’s executive summoned by the legislature, and how many times did it respond? Who did anything about it or his continued disobedience of court orders?

Nobody will ever do as long as we keep breeding individuals that are more powerful than our institutions we have so rendered ineffectually weak as this current administration has done to the judiciary, having also reduced the legislature to a mere rubber stamp operated by fawning and mortified lackeys who would neither see nor hear any evil anywhere near the Villa.

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