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Will Goodluck Jonathan be the First President to be Impeached in Nigeria?



Nigeria has never impeached a serving President. It’s not that it hasn’t tried, it has, but like most supposedly ‘important’ activities in the country’s legislative seat of power, it has a period of glory and then it dies down after some time when another topic takes up prominence.

On August 13, 2002, the House of Representatives passed a resolution asking President Olusegun Obasanjo to resign within 14 days, or be impeached. The motion catalogued presidential offences which, to the House, amounted to “grave misconduct”.

In the typical Nigerian fashion, solidarity marches to the Presidential villa were arranged across the country; traditional rulers were summoned and mobilised to condemn what they said they saw as an attempt to “heat up the system”, prominent citizens and former Heads of State were approached to plead with the House leaders. However, the allegations were quickly and quietly dropped after some time and Olusegun Obasanjo went on to rule Nigeria for five more years.

In one of his responses to the impeachment threat, Obasanjo quoted it as a “joke carried too far”, thereby infuriating many members of the National Assembly and drawing the Senate into a crisis.

It seems Nigeria is on the verge of another political hysteria as the trending word on news headlines across the country is again ‘impeachment’.

The House of Representatives yesterday reaffirmed its decision to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan by September, if the 2012 budget is not fully implemented.

Their grouse is that the President must either achieve 100 percent budget performance by September or face impeachment procedures.

According to the House spokesman Zakari Mohammed, the House moved against Jonathan because in spite of the impressive revenue posted by revenue-generating agencies, there was no commensurate performance of the budget in terms of the execution of capital projects.

Meanwhile, the Senate has distanced itself from the impeachment threat against the President saying it was not in support and should be counted out. Senate spokesman, Senator Eyinnanya Abaribe, told Punch on Monday that the Senate never took any decision to join the House in the call on the  President to implement the budget.

In Jonathan’s case, he might not resort to such statements as Obasanjo but he was said to have met the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, at the weekend where the President sued for a rancour-free relationship with the lower chamber.

However, it seems he still has more to do to appease the House of Representatives as they have said there is no going back on their stance to impeach him.

No one is talking about prosecuting people and companies indicted in the fuel subsidy scam anymore. Other bribery scandals and corruption allegations at the House of Representatives have been pushed to the back end.

My question now is this – Is this not just another political hysteria? Wouldn’t this be forgotten as soon as another ‘event’ takes prominence at the House of Representatives? Or would Goodluck Jonathan be the first serving Nigerian president to be impeached?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. gurly

    July 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I didn’t even read the write-up but Yes Yes Yes! Impeach the hell outta him. He’s brought so much ill luck to Nigeria, and he’s just soo clueless about his responsibilities.

    • Soraya

      July 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Surely you must have thought about this before you and your fellow Nigerians voted him into office in 2011??? No use crying over spilt milk- Nigerians now have to learn to live with the fruit that is called democracy!

    • hansel praise

      July 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      come to think of it. thats tr. wat an irony that the happenings in dis nation re contrary 2 his name

  2. ooooyesshedid!

    July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t understand why you published this story in the first place… the house of Reps is run by the majority which is PDP, the president also comes under PDP this whole incident is a clear indication of confusion among this rep people who want to impeach their own party’s president. Please can the chairman of this party call this people to order as its becoming a joke now.
    Even if it went to a vote I cannot understand how his own party members will vote him out everyone will assume this party doesn’t know what they are doing and this may just be the miracle that the opposition is praying for.

    Also your article said ‘yesterday’, the last reps session was last week Thursday, in case you didn’t know. your article should have read ‘at their last sitting’.

    • Rotimi

      July 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      The House of Reps DID say something yesterday about taking its stand on impeaching Jonathan when they were accused of trying to protect Lawan. Check today’s news.

  3. sodi

    July 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    impeach him and sambo takes over? how will that accomplish anything? nigerians should not fool themselves its better for GEJ to finish his tenure and we vote in a new fresh face than remove him and continue to like of sambo. besides there will be war and chaos if GEJ is impeached and replaced by a northerner.

  4. LPS

    July 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Em next gist please…*bbm not interested smiley*

  5. Chattyzee

    July 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    @ ooooyessshedid You know you answer and contribution shed a lot more light to the story and actually got me thinking….However, I do think this is just another one of those threats and stories that will swept under the carpet. Even if the House of Rep wanted to impeach GEJ, I don’t think they have the guts to do it …

  6. omoibo

    July 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    WON’T happen, Nigerian judiciary & political system is way too corrupt and compromised for an impeachment to occur. All GEJ & his camp will do is to distribute some Ghana must go bags and we all know the rest is history. Nigerian politicians are all empty drum that make the loudest noise, mediocrity has become the order of the day from top-down

  7. Aliko Dangote

    July 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    ***grabs pop corn and American Honey***. This film is gonna be longer than ‘Ti Oluwa N’ile”

  8. TruthTeller

    July 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Serious issues like this get no comments,only when it comes to criticizing fashion and it’s not surprising.It tells why we have people like GEJ as our president in the first place when all our youth are doing is drinking/partying their lives away, rather than contribute to the system or getting involved. In as much as Music, fashion,entertainment e.t.c are good, there’s more to life than them especially in a disintegrating system like Nigeria; there must be a balance. We the youth really need to wake up, we ARE the leaders of tomorrow and can not allow old politicians recycle themselves and remain in office in the name of “we are not experienced”! As for the impeachment, forget it.Goodluck will NOT be impeached. The house just want to look relevant. Besides, they only act when money is involved because they have a large chunk of it.

  9. nich

    July 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    some people still believe in the nigerian system and hope that one day nigeria would be better without bloodshed…….dreams….dreams…………how can thieves remain in power and you expect change…………………………

  10. Joel udeze

    July 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Which impeachment e e, no be those Rep robbers? No be those theff theff? Who them won fool? Impeach the president from sourth sourth make them put sambo a norther? Sorry war war. Monkey de sleep trouble wan wake m. Rep people, no be say una put trouble finish for Nija una run go Obodo oyibo go hide. This one no bi Boko Haram ooo. We de wait for september as them talk.

  11. Naveah

    July 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    music to my ears!

  12. Asking Questions

    July 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I pray he is Impeached…….errhh but we all know it wont happen. Not with these set of ‘Ghana must go politicians’!

  13. fred A

    July 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    pdp to impeach pdp? where why and how? if they claim they see anything wrong with the president it could be he is blocking their way of looting Nigerian money.all this is just distraction so that Nigerians will forget about the subsidy prob. all members of house of rep are culpable over the subsidy scan otherwise why did they prevent otedola testifying in public? they should tell Nigerians this.if this is not an attempt to sweep this subsidy scam under the carpet.then it is primary and must first be address. otherwise they are really criminals like obj said

  14. MelonX

    July 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I sure hope so. But we all know it won’t happen. Money talks.

  15. oge

    July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I say YES! let’s pluck out the bad fruit, we need to move forward in dis country no matter wat. We’ve given an incompitent man precious time to waste for about three years to prove himself and d way I see it dis country is exactly the way we left it and even worse. We need a change! A positive one dat’ll save us 4rm d chaos we’re heading.

  16. purplepearl

    July 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Next please!!!

  17. Nwaigbo

    July 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    PLS PLS PLS spear that , who is to be impeached? I hope is not my Jonathan, why should jonathan be impeached while u have not finish with d matter at hand.what has he done to deserve impeachment, is it not u people that are corrupting him, plz SHUN that, Goodluck should continue in d office, he has not done worst than d REPS. northerner can never replace a southerner, NEVER!!! Jonathan ride on God will save u from d hands of d ENEMIES.

  18. Tobechidaniel

    July 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

  19. Jfk

    July 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Money talks bullshit happens!they are just seeking for more attention,when they are tried of making noise they will all retire. Im not in support of GEJ administration,cos he has not been able to solve so many issues pertaining to securities especially boko haram. He has failed as a president to protect his subjects. Left for me,he should retire in peace but as for him to be forcefully impeached by the house? Odighi eme eme,gbam!

  20. NIKE

    July 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    WOW! that will be interesting if he is, the situation of the country in his tenure is not ok.

  21. nich

    July 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    nigerian youths should bury their heads in shame………..their mates in egypt at the tahel square and syria are there fighting for their future generations and nigerian youths are still dancing around while the future of the country the live in in heading to abyss………….

    Nigerian youths keep on hoping against head ……………..their hope is already dead long ago

  22. B'B

    July 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    YES will should pluck d bad fruit out,because when we talk about five successful country in the whole world today,we can’t mention nigeria out of it. Let’s look at it nigeria at 52 years now and we can’t mention what we have achieved ‘shame’ …so I pray he’s impeached, but can that be true for pdp to impeach pdp? Let’s look at it we nigerians what were they thinking before they elect him as the ruler of the country,can we say that they don’t konw what they are doing;so I think they are just making ways innate to get what they want… If he can be impeached, it will be better so that there can be a stop to this boko haram issue before the country will be out of controll,because nigeria is astake.

  23. Blackknight

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    @Nich…God bless you.Nigerian Youths are confused and hopeless. All they are good at is to know who has the latest car,richest dude,where the party at,who wears the best clothes,who travels abroad , who is marrying who, et al …..I sit,ponder and wonder at the future of my generation.No zeal,no passion…..nobody thinks outside the box any longer or think even beyond NOW. My Generation no longer reads and question the reason why the richest nation in Africa is not able to work for her citizens.So much Greed and quest for material things that don’t even last.
    When shall we wake up and take back our country? What defines you is not all the wealth ,party and clothes that you wear, but the positive legacy that you leave for the next generation.
    My fellow youths,let us take back our country from these rogues.If we have to shed out blood to make our country work for us and our children, SO BE IT. No nation attends greatness by just complaining all the time.We take it by force and make it work.

  24. Bianca

    July 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I’m confused, how can you impeach someone from your own political party. And, who will replace Jonathan Goodluck when they all come from the same incompetent, criminal family. Are they fighting for Hausa to finally be in the house again? It’s all propaganda that is full of GARBAGE.

    @ Nich
    I agree, we the youths should fight harder for our future from these corrupt older generation and some young ones are no better. However, the revolution going on in these middle Eastern countries is not for the people, it’s all about power. We have these rebels fighting against the government only to have specific type of people there that could even bring more harm than good. Egypt, Libya, Syria will be in more chaos than before. In Nigeria, we need to fight for good leaders to take over but then, who are the good leaders out there with no corrupt mindset, I doubt there’s any. Sad case.

  25. Princess of Zion

    July 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This is a confusing one. Will it happen? What will be the fate of the country?

  26. olayinka

    July 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    whatever…..but i want him to bring the best out of himself from all this kind of situation..more news and gist here at

  27. Africandecor(click)

    July 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    oh please! like it will make a difference. the next one will still b some money grabbing hungry one too.

  28. Emeka Onyewuchi

    July 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Impeaching the President does not rid Nigeria of the rot; check out what they pay them selves; I have had the misfortune to bump into a couple of top rank Politicians outside Nigeria, and their actions and spending frenzy shamed me.

    The problem with Nigerians is that we shout as loud as possible, until gullible one get gagged by bribes

  29. ebuka

    July 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    hell of a noise, the whole 360 of them in d hus of reps re all criminals. If its d senate dats passin such resolution i might cum to reason wit them bt as for the house of reps dats the looters club. Cum 2 tink of it wheather they impeach goodluck or not it will stil nt change anything, it might even escalate our problems, they should put heads together and find a way to tackle our main nigerian problem of corruption. Our youths also shld stop being ignorant and lets fight for a better nigeria cause we know our problems and how to solve them, jst that no one has the courage.

  30. NNENNE

    July 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Impeach him, run another election,irrespective of the cost and start all over from square one?
    All these people peaching impeachment, how patriotic are they?
    Anyone who really cares about Nigeria should join hands with GEJ to make things work.
    The presidency does not last for ever.Next time vote in whoever U deem the messiah!
    Am watching. I hope the Nigerian messiah would come in my life time.

  31. Me

    July 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

    the main problem is the National Assembly, not the president. Though, he has his faults (a lot of them) he has not done anything illegal. So let’s follow the rule of law. The proposal should be empty the national assembly, sack everyone of those looters!

  32. Victor

    July 25, 2012 at 6:54 am

    O Nigeria, am truely sorry for u. May u not be cripple eventually. May U be free of your foes soon. God help u Nigeria becos every man has desearted you.

  33. Anuoluwapo soyemi

    July 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The house of rep is run mostly by PDP nd the so called president is a PDP candidate, so how are they gonna do that? This people should stop fooling everyone we are not that stupid anymore. So far obasanjo is still alive nd other prominent PDP members . The president is GOING NOWHERE.

  34. Andy Nwa

    July 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The House of Rep members should go and seat down. Is it bcos the president refuse to pay the constituency allowance to their personal account. They should look for a better thing to do.

  35. Ify

    July 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Nigeria is slowly going downhill. The government is a shame. I would love for Jonathan Goodluck to be impeached but the next president will probably be worse. I love my country so much but it pains me that after 52years of independence we haven’t accomplish anything as a country that has so much potentials. I don’t even know the solution to Nigeria’s problems. It’s too many things to name. First, all these old corrupt politicians, leaders who have Nigeria wrapped around their fingers need to disappear. Have new faces of less corrupted leaders, build our infrastructure, create jobs and consistent electricity.

  36. Enifex

    July 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    impeac him out bcos he deos not no anything about politic and he his very slow in decission making

  37. adanna

    July 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

    It is not just impeaching the president but all his accomplices in this inhumane acts they are exhibiting on the citizens. Possibly murdering all of them cold-bloodedly, cuz when normal way of doing things are avoided, drastic measures need to follow up. I can’t believe that Goodluck can proudly say on CNN news that he knows the leader of Boko haram and whenever he calls them for dialogue, they refuse to show up. You are calling the terrorist that are killing lives for dialogue, why not seek for international aid if you think that ur military men are incapable.Secondly, after the nasty stories and excuses behind Dana air crash, the airline still exists in the damn country, It is only in Nigeria that human lives are not precious. I wish you guys can travel round the world and see that the problem in nigeria is mismanagement, even the third world countries of the caribbean islands that do not produce any damn fucking thing and depends solely on tourism, have one of the best economy eg Grenada is the third country with the lowest maternal mortality whereas people are dying on daily basis in Nigeria, and business is always as usual. Am not a terrorist, kidnapper, assasinator and murderer but if i should have such mind to be one, i will make sure that all the rotten eggs in the political house in Nigeria is maimed and rendered useless, so that whoever that is vieing for that sit will know that it is a hot one and not just for fools. Mtchewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  38. cynthia

    October 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    why?,this nonsense people at house of rep. should mind themselves its because our GEJ has refused to allow them eat our money that is the reason why they are planning to impeach him,it will never work for them.what a shameful country NIGERIA.

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