The federal government has warned the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari not to run a parallel government. The minister of national planning Abubakar Sulaiman who is also the chairman of the technical subcommittee of the transition committee said the federal government has expressed worries at the utterances and actions of the Buhari team and that the Jonathan administration is still in charge. He warned that President Jonathan magnanimity should not be taken as an assign of cowardice.
The minister of national planning said that the out-going administration is appalled at the terms of reference of the in-coming government of president-elect Muahammadu Buhari.
After looking at the terms of reference of the Ahmed Joda led transition committee of the Buhari team, it became obvious that the Jonathan administration needed to reaffirm that President remains the current head of government of this country. He said that the in-coming government should avoid creating a parallel government while the government is still on.
‘We take exception to some utterances and some of the terms of reference that look as if the current government is being stampeded or intimidated.
He said ‘council frowned on most of the statements, most of the provocations and council members are advised to work in line with the terms of reference of the current government. He added that ‘council members are also told that the terms of reference as formatted by our transition committee should be strictly complied with. He said ‘when the in-coming government takes over government they can come out with their programmes. They can come out with their own agenda and they can decide to come out with policies in the way they feel like.
He said this government remains resolute to the various programmes and projects it is pursuing and it will continue to do that until the morning of May 29.
Sulaiman said that President Jonathan and the council enjoined Nigerians to see the olive branch extended to Nigerians and the international community as a way of keeping this country intact as a way of ensuring peace in Nigeria. He added that ‘whatever the outcome of the elections, what is important is Nigeria’s national interest. He said that national interest should be protected, enhanced and promoted at whatever level we are. While the council enjoined members to be steadfast, Mr President also enjoined them to come out with programmes, projects to be commissioned, that needs to be inspected and members in council should work as government should perform their work without intimidation and that government, especially civil servants, directors, directors general should see this government as the current government and not do anything that will rock the boat so as not to put this country in a bad light.
Sulaiman also said that the Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Chairman of the Buhari transition committee ‘Ahmad Joda met on Tuesday and they had robust discussion. He said that the Sambo transition has already received the executive summary and the handover notes of virtually all the MDAs. He added that the transition committee as covered about 80% of its assignment.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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