Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd) on Thursday cautioned against the removal of elected officials particularly the President, saying doing so would not augur well for the nation’s democracy.
Gowon stated this in Abuja on Thursday while playing host to members of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) who paid him a courtesy visit.
While noting that disagreements remain vital components of a democracy, the elder statesman said such disagreements could be handled differently without necessarily taking the impeachment option.
Gowon who presided over the affairs of the nation and oversaw a 30-month old civil war said this against the backdrop of the submission of a report on motion for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of $496 million Tucano Aircrafts without legislators’ approval.
According to Vanguard, he said: “It may be too early in the day to start impeaching Presidents in Nigeria. Otherwise, there is no President that will not get impeached because of these interest groups.
He called on the different groups in the North to come together to project a common front adding that too many groups could send wrong signals to other parts of the country. “We need to come together as a people. The Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum and the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly should come together or we would end up polarising the North,” he warned.