Senate President, David Mark, has dispelled the simmering anxiety over the impeachment threat from the House of Representatives against President Goodluck Jonathan and assured Nigerians that there was no cause for alarm.
Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia after declaring open the retreat of Senate Press Corps, yesterday, Mark said that both the Senate and the House were working together and nobody should bother about impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Corroborating the Senate President, a member of the House of Representatives from Abia state, Oluchi Ibeji, also said that the impeachment threat issued by the lower chamber was not meant to be carried out but a wakeup call for Mr. President to work harder.
Ibeji, who represents Umuahia/Ikwuano federal constituency, explained that what was uppermost in the minds of the federal lawmakers was for the president to implement the 2012 budget so that Nigerians could actually feel the positive impact of the funds earmarked for their welfare.
Earlier, before declaring open the Senate press corps retreat, Mark noted that “every Nigerian is a stakeholder in the democratic project hence the need for all hands to be on deck to sustain the nation’s democratic governance.”
Alluding to the theme of the retreat , “the role of the media in promoting good governance”, the Senate President said that by virtue of its role as enshrined in Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution, the media should be alive to its responsibility of holding the authorities accountable at all times.
“The media must be able to bark and bite when necessary,” he said, and added that in so doing, it should not necessarily be fighting government because “an accountable, conscientious media is not necessarily confrontational or compromised”.