The statement by the publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lai Mohammed that the incoming administration will revisit the activities of the government since March 28, has elicited reaction from the presidency. The special adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Reuben Abati has described it as unfortunate and uncharitable. In his reaction, Reuben Abati said ‘ we have noted with concern the allegation by the spokesman of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed ,that officials of the federal government are engaged in last minute looting of the nation’s resources, rushed privatisation of key institutions and hurried recruitment into the public service.
We also consider as most unfortunate and uncharitable the suggestion by Alhaji Mohammed that the Jonathan led administration is trying to tie the hands of the incoming government merely by continuing to discharge its constitutional responsibilities until the end of its tenure.
The Jonathan led administration which continues to do its best to ensure a smooth and peaceful handover of power to the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, deeply regrets the unfairness and combative frame of mind reflected in Alhaji Mohammed’s statement.
President Jonathan has done his best in the five years to discharge his constitutional responsibilities for good governance and effective leadership of the nation.
Without any prejudice, whatsoever to the freedom of the incoming administration to do as it pleases within the confines of the extant law when it assumes office, the Jonathan led administration will continue to discharge its responsibility to govern until May 29, 2015?
In continuing to fulfil the obligation of his office, however, President Jonathan has not and will never condone any form of unscrupulous conduct on the part of state officials. President Jonathan will also never authorise any attempt to create any problems for the incoming administration as the APC spokesman who ought to know that the outcome of the March 28 presidential election does not imply a cessation of governance, unjustly alleges.
As Alhaji Mohammed threatened in his statement the incoming administration will be perfectly within its rights to review all action of the present government as it may deem fit.
We see nothing wrong with that. After all, the present administration reviewed the actions of previous government on assumption of office with resultant benefits for policy and project implementation.
‘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.’
-Ex VP Atiku Abubakar on Restructuring.
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