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Is President Buhari’s ‘Exit Plan’ Necessary 15 Days to Elections?

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President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition of leadership on May 29, 2023, after two successful terms in office.

This comes shortly following calls from prominent Nigerians such as Aare Afe Babalola, who had advised the federal government to suspend the 2023 elections, proposing an interim national government for six months instead.

He argued this would be enough time to flesh out a new constitution and attempt to mend some of the issues facing the nation.

However, despite mounting pressure from different sectors of society to postpone or cancel elections and install an interim government, both Atiku Abubakar and All Progressives Congress (APC) have made it clear that such measures are unnecessary as they have no legal backing or place in Nigeria’s democratic practice.

To further guarantee a successful transition come May 2023, President Buhari also assigned Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha to head a transition council responsible for preparing handover documents and starting proceedings for inauguration on February 14th.

Additionally, Executive Order No.14 was signed by President Buhari – aimed at facilitating and managing presidential transitions with the ultimate desire to institute a lasting legacy throughout his two-term presidency.

Meanwhile, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria have recently raised concerns about President Muhammadu Buhari’s constitution of a transition committee, which they believe is conducive to interference and manipulation of the electoral system.

Lead representatives from the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Transparency International (TI), and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) especially took heed when politicians raised allegations of an impending interim government.

Awwal Musa Rafsanjani, leader of these CSOs, stressed that there must be a shift for the Buhari administration to show their commitment towards free and fair elections.

If the ministers are not asked to resign from their posts, then “there is no gain for common people”.

The CSOs have called on Nigerians to ignore these rumours, claiming that this is only a ploy by politicians to siphon money.

They will be monitoring the actions of the transition committee as it is paramount that they stick to provisions of law within the Nigerian context.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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