Outgoing Nigerian government begins transition process

FILE PHOTO: President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari shaking hands at the 2015 Elections Sensitization Workshop on Non-Violence in Abuja today, organized by the Office of the National Security Adviser and SA to Mr. President on inter-party affairs.

Nigeria’s outgoing government has formally commenced processes leading to a historic transition to a new administration May 29.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost the March 28 election, will transfer power to Muhammadu Buhari, the first opposition candidate to win the presidential election in Nigeria’s history.

The two leaders have met once since the election.

Mr. Buhari said weekend he will appoint experts to review briefs from officials of the outgoing government.
Ahead of the May 29th handover date, the transition committee held its inaugural meeting on Monday, to develop guidelines for handing over.

The meeting was attended by top government appointees, including, Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke; Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; Head of Service, Danladi Kifasi, Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhi, amongst others.

Speaking to journalists after the brief closed-door meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, said the meeting, which took place at the Vice President’s wing of the Presidential villa, was adjourned to April 20.

The committee, constituted by President Jonathan, is expected to submit briefs covering all government offices to its partner committee from the incoming Buhari administration.

“The terms of reference of our own committee is to collate relevant information for the handover briefs from all the MDAs, prepare them and interface with the incoming administration’s transition committee,” Mr. Anyim said.
“Ours it to collect our own hand over briefs, prepare the briefs, prepare the President handover notes,” he added.

He said after the collation of briefs by the government committee, there will be an interface between the outgoing and incoming committees for necessary clarification.


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  • Debekeme

    Federal Government Hand Over Notes. Otherwise knows as ; Catalog of Fraud.

    I just wonder what Ministry of Finance, Ministry Petroleum, Ministry of Deference will write in their Hand Over Noted

    50% of of yearly budget is stolen or lost to inefficiencies.

    Never again should Nigeria be cursed with a party like PDP

    • Konya

      PDP is never serious! Why is the “GEJ’s Prime Minister”, the almighty coordinating minister and Minister of Finance not in the committee. This transition committee is full of passerby’s in government.

      • Sword of Damocles

        Yours is the Million dollar question. Especially given the FACT that Nigeria is practically broke(we no longer have the reserves to last 6months, which is the benchmark). The good thing is that this regime of pestilence is about DONE

    • Papashango77

      You are right..PDP made a mess of governance and made the ordinary people suffer too much agony. I thank Jonathan for letting PDP die a natural death. Dani Kayode will be the first to blast Jonathan after may 29.

    • jossy

      Exactly

  • bikky

    Gradual disengagement,that’s life.

  • Investigator

    DO NOT PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE.
    LEARN TO DO THINGS IN ORDERLY MANNER.
    NO ONE SHALL BE QUALIFIED FOR ELECTION
    TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT IN NIGERIA IF
    HE PRESENTED A FALSE CERTIFICATE TO INEC.

    • Encore

      Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in history

      I am afraid that with PDP now losing in all states of the federation
      the name – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – may become pariah name.
      In Nigerian history, no person ever misled lead his ruling political
      party into a rout close to near extinction by bad personal example.

      Losing an election is not the real harm Jonathan did but setting PDP
      on a losing streak all across the board and across the federation.
      In politics, that is the worst offence anyone can commit in history.
      Today, Mr Jonathan is the sole author and finisher of his own destiny.
      History may not remember him for good; or, for any good at all for it.

      • i dey hear

        Encore:

        Ayo Fayose shows a better example of a party leader with his total victory in Ekiti
        state today where he reportedly won 99% of legislative seats; free and fair, after he’d
        also won 100% of Ekiti local government councils last year in a free and fair election.

        The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be remembered for conceding defeats.
        It is Mr. Goodluck Jonathan who led PDP on that tragicomedy path of dalliance.
        All else PDP did in the past is fading away under a torrent of concession of defeat.
        What a baleful legacy Mr. Jonathan wants to leave behind for “Africa’s biggest party”.
        If he’d told PDP members he would lead then into defeats, they’d not have chosen him.
        I hope Goodluck Jonathan knows he won’t have any legacy if PDP is totally wiped out.

        Who remembers the name of the army general who led Germany to defeat in the
        eastern front during the second World War on the RUSSIAN BORDERS? Nobody.
        Historians don’t care about abysmal losers. Hope the shy, bashful and utterly diffident
        Mr. Goodluck Jonathan is not in delusion? He is being flattered out of office and described
        as ‘statesman’ simply for his failure to run faster than a cripple – who can’t run or who is
        forbidden by law from law from running – and win an easy election against Buhari.

      • Konya

        Investigator is drowning in the creeks. He has not been able to find a stick or straw to hold on to.

        • kribo

          Investigator sounds like a frustrated south-south man who lost his bet on Jonathan winning
          the 2015 election. Hahaha! He is so angry he may attack Jonathan after 29th May in Otuoke.

          • kunskuns

            Na Encore dem they talk about, not investigator!!!

          • Elijah Moses

            ALL OF YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS PEOPLE O! JONATHAN IS GOING TO HIS MANSION,
            ALL OF YOU ARE STILL STRUGGLING FROM 8 – 5PM TO GET SALARY. YOU ARE
            NOT THINKING VERY WELL THAT IF JIHAD STARTS IN NIGERIA IT IS YOU THAT WILL
            BE A LOW HANGING FRUIT – NOT JONATHAN. FORGET ABOUT JONATHAN FOR NOW
            AND FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIST JIHAD FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FAITH.

          • freeborn

            ..

          • hummm

            You are free to leave the country, and stop ranting like a mad man.BUYYA!!!

      • abuasmau

        Encore, you abandon ship so soon. Haba?

        • aki

          But Encore is telling the truth. So, what’s the problem? Who will remember
          Jonathan for this 2015 election destruction, as this one has passed defeat.

        • ken

          DOES JONATHAN EXPECT TO BE PRAISED FOR LOSING
          IN ALMOST ALL THE STATES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC?

          • Peedeepeepower!!!

            Jonathan does not know Nigerians. They are only sheating their swords to await
            the outcome of Buhari’s Wasc/Cambridge court case on 22nd April. If Buhari wins
            that case and sends Jonathan out finally, Jonathan will see himself in the mirror for
            whom he really is. PDP members will come out in hundreds to tell the world what
            they think of Jonathan as a person. The lambasting will go on for many years and
            it will fill up a medium-sized library on 1½ acres of land in book volumes.

          • Question n’ Answer

            THREE (3) QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT JONATHAN

            • Knowing there would be election this year (2015) what steps did you take as PDP party leader three years ago (2012) to strengthen and to keep strengthening the PDP in the weak states of Yorubaland – like Lagos, Oyo, Oshun and Ogun?

            • Knowing there would be election this year (2015) what steps did you take two years ago (2013) to strenghten and to keep strengthening the PDP in the vulnerable and rebellious states of northern Nigeria, like Kano, Adamawa, Jigawa, Niger, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kebbi states?

            • Knowing there would be election this year (2015) what steps did you take two years ago (2014) to weaken and to keep weakening the rival APC in those vulnerable and rebellious states of
            northern Nigeria as well as in those weak states of Yorubaland?

            If you did nothing sensible on all of the above, personally, other than delegating responsibility to other people to do what a party leader should personally do by himself, what result do you expect in this 2015 election other than what INEC announced?

          • Investigator

            DID PRESIDENT JONATHAN EVEN REMEMBER TO ASK
            THE FOLLOWING QUESTION BEFORE PREPARING HIS
            HANDOVER NOTES TO GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI:

          • hummm

            He went on a looting spree ,so that was the step he took.

    • Ha

      I know you have already laughed at yourself. So we don’t need to.

    • Ahmad

      Final word for Dr. incompetence.

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      Stop insulting your incompetent and defeated, corrupt jonathan, who instead of running a campaign of ideas he spent trillions of STOLEN Nigerian money taking about nothing to appease “ILLITIRATES ” like you.

      The fact os that any age qualified person can run for President of Nigeria as long as they can prove to the satisfaction of IVEC that they can “read and write English Language” Nig. Const. Part IV, Sec. 318, Subsec 3(iii).

      Absolutely no certificate of any kind is requred.

      In addition buhari is more educated than your fake thief with fake phd and cannot sting two English words together.

      • No Comment

        • A person shall not be qualified for election to

        the office of President if he has presented a

        forged certificate to the Independent

        National Electoral Commission.

        …….§137 (1) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    +++++++++TRIBUTE TO ORONTO DOUGLAS+++++++++++++

    My comrade goes to the land of the saints… But his spirit, brilliance, doggedness, drive and infectious enthusiasm remain with us…In our struggle for self determination, these are of veritable importance. Rest in peace!!!…

    Dear ORONTO,
    Let the saints know that our rivers are still soaked with pollution by the environmental terrorist oil companies and their continent Nigerian collaborators.

    Let the Saints know that our lands and deep water resources are still being exploited by Nigeria while they give us a paltry and highly provocative 13%.

    Let Adaka I.J. Boro and other Saints know that it is worse now than then. But that we are not fainting nor do we despair bcos we’ve gone too far to stop now.

    Let Ken S. Wiwa know that he who was part of the Government that hanged him and 8 others is coming back to grab power with the help of Islamic terrorists and the Yorubas who succumbed to threats of blood should he lose for a fourth time in a row….

    Only in Nigeria does one become better after rejection in four successive elections!

    But the struggle continues. We are sure of victory bcos we know that the triumph of evil over good can only be momentary… as we hold on to the instruction given by Comrade Saro Wiwa, that: “Silence in the face of injustice is treason. “ …We will not be silent. Not even when viruses and worms are sent to our systems bcos we speak out!

    Oronto, my Oronto, Rest in peace!!!
    God bless the Niger Delta Nation

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      Stop posting irrelevant topics to every issue. And besides there is no “tribe” called Niger Deltan” in Nigeria

  • taewo

    PDP finally buried and the grave yard is in the old south eastern Nigeria

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  • almajiri

    Koboko flogging for Buhari

    Yes 0! Buhari lied and lied all through like a badly-trained child. He just wants to steal the presidency of
    Nigeria with tons of lies. But now the game is up, he is to face the court on 22nd April. He must confess
    he
    does not have any Wasc and that he lied on oath. The APC may then beg
    that Muhammadu Buhari be

    flogged instead of jailed for perjury. But
    whether flogged or jailed for lies-telling on oath, Buhari shall be

    dis-qualified in accordance with the mandatory law at § 137 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.

  • kakaaki

    ..

  • almajiri

    Yes 0! Buhari lied and lied all through like a badly-trained child. He just wants to steal the presidency of
    Nigeria with tons of lies. But now the game is up, he is to face the court on 22nd April. He must confess
    he does not have any Wasc and that he lied on oath. The APC may then beg that Muhammadu Buhari be
    flogged instead of jailed for perjury. But whether flogged or jailed for lies-telling on oath, Buhari shall be
    dis-qualified in accordance with the mandatory law at § 137 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.