EXCLUSIVE: May 29 Handover: Nigerian govt directs Ministers, Service Chiefs, others to prepare handover notes

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Federal Government has directed all ministries, agencies and extra-ministerial departments to prepare their handover briefs ahead of the May 29 inauguration of the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Also asked to prepare handover notes are the service chief, the police inspector general and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The directive was contained in a memo dated April 13 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim.

It was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), Ministers/Ministers of State, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Special Advisers/Senior Special Assistants and Service chiefs/Inspector General of Police.

Others are the Chairman Federal Civil Service Commission, Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Chairman and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Auditor-General of the Federal, Accountant-General of the Federation, Director General/Chief Executives of Parastatals, Agencies and Government-Owned Companies were also directed to send in their handover briefs.

Mr. Buhari had defeated President Goodluck Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 presidential poll.

The memo entitled “REQUEST FOR HAND OVER BRIEFS” with reference no SGF/OP/1./S.3/111 says:

“You may recall that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR has constituted a Transition Committee to midwife the handover of Government from the present administration to the in-coming one. The Committee which is chaired by the Vice President, Arch. Namadi sambo, GCON, has the following Terms of Reference: (a) Collate and prepare all the Handover briefs from MDAs; (b) Arrange a formal presentation of the Handover briefs to the in-coming Administration; Interface with the in-coming Administration’s transition Committee as to provide clarifications on the status of the briefs where required; (d) Prepare the President’s Handover note.

2. It is in furtherance of this Committee’s mandate that this circular is issued to request all MDAs to prepare and submit their briefs to the Secretariat of the Committee (i.e Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation) on or before the 20th of April, 2015. In preparing the briefs, be……. as much as possible.

1. Hon Ministers shall collate all inputs from the Parastatals under their supervision and accordingly process such inputs as part of their submissions;
2. Briefing format shall as much as possible follow the following pattern:
a. A brief Statement of the mandate of the MDAs;
b. Presentations shall flow from a definite policy, scheme or initiative (a highlight of the target and implementation strategy of the policy may be necessary);
c. (b) above shall be followed by the programmes and activities being implemented under the policy, scheme or initiative;
d. (c) above shall be followed by brief status report on the programme/activities under each policy, scheme or initiative. In articulating the report the following may be considered necessary:
i. Where data are presented, they should be accurate and precise;
ii.The following may be indicated:
-Commitments and liabilities
-Matters for immediate decisions
-Legislative issues
-International obligations, etc
(e) (d) shall be followed by a brief statement on the impact of the policy and its programmes;
(f) Conclusion: This may be a brief summary with recommendations.

You are expected to be precise, there is no restriction as to the volume or quantity of attachments that can follow thereto.
3. Above for your strict compliance please.”

Meanwhile, in a separate memo, the Transition Committee on Tuesday gave all MDAs Thursday as deadline for the submission of their handover notes.

A memo to that effect obtained by PREMIUM TIMES asked the MDAs not to exceed six pages in their submission and should detail the summary of their key functions, achievements between 2011 and 2014 and issues, challenges and proposed solution to tackling them.

The memo reads: “Please I have been directed to request that you kindly ensure that your Agency/Departmental Handover notes reach me on or before Thursday 16th April, 2014.

“Be reminded that your submission should be a maximum of 6 pages, detailing the following: Summary of key functions of Agency/Department; Summary of achievements 2011-2014; Key issues/challenges and proposed solutions to tackling same.

“Please ensure prompt response as we are working with very tight deadlines.

“Thank you for your kind cooperation and prompt response.”

The Committee met on Monday to fine-tune modalities for handover of power to the incoming APC administration.

Members of the Committee, apart from Mr. Sambo are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, Police Affairs Minister, Abduljelili Adesiyan, Transport Minister, Idris Umar and the Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda.

Mr. Anyim had told journalists after the Committee’s closed-door meeting on Monday at the Presidential Villa that it would meet with the one set up by Mr. Buhari to address any grey areas.

“After we have collected our own briefs from the MDAs and we put them together we will then interface with the other (Buhari Committee) so that whatever clarification they want, the questions they have, then we will be able to address them,” he said

The Committee is expected to meet again Monday.


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  • Interrogator

    IT IS OKAY TO PREPARE ALL THESE HANDOVER NOTES WITH TONS
    AND TONS OF ATTACHMENTS; BUT WHO IS TO RECEIVE THE NOTES?
    AS LONG AS SECTION ONE [1] OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION SAYS THE
    CONSTITUTION IS SUPREME OVER ALL JUDGES OF COURTS AND OVER
    THE PRESIDENT AND ALL MILITARY CHIEFS, THEN, THERE IS NO ONE TO
    RECEIVE THOSE NOTES UNDER SECTION 37 [1] OF THE CONSTITUTION.

    • krees

      You mean Section 137 [1] i believe; and if yes, you are right; without the typo.

  • iinterogator

    IT IS OKAY TO PREPARE ALL THESE HANDOVER NOTES WITH TONS
    AND TONS OF ATTACHMENTS; BUT WHO IS TO RECEIVE THE NOTES?
    AS LONG AS SECTION ONE [1] OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION SAYS THE
    CONSTITUTION IS SUPREME OVER ALL JUDGES OF COURTS AND OVER
    THE PRESIDENT AND ALL MILITARY CHIEFS, THEN, THERE IS NO ONE TO
    RECEIVE THOSE NOTES UNDER SECTION 137 [1] OF THE CONSTITUTION.

    • i dey hear

      Buhari won the popular votes in the election but failed ‘constitutional eligibility‘ test
      by giving false and un-provable WASC/Cambridge certificate in sworn recitation by
      certificate of affidavit to INEC – contrary to Section 137 [1] of the 1999 Constitution
      of Nigeria. The penalty stipulated in the constitution for this offence is: ‘dis-qualification‘.

      • 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.

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

      • agaracha

        Muhammadu Buhari:

        What are you going to tell the court on 22nd of April?

        You were sued to court on 6th January for INTENTIONALLY telling lies on oath.
        Because you can’t say you did not know you did not sit for WAEC exam in 1961.
        You were sued for falsely asserting in INEC Form that you sat for and took the 1961
        Cambridge/Wasc examination. You then quickly got five lawyers to defend you in court,
        but without also quickly or even up till today ever attaching any copy of your claimed
        WASC/Cambridge certificate, dated 1961, to the INEC Form.

        What sort of crooked human being are you?

        What are you going to do in court on the 22nd of April, given that you have not till today
        filed ANY pleading in court since January 6th to repeat the nonsense you felt free to tout in
        the newspapers without penalty of perjury – that the freshly handwritten rubbish fabricated
        by the current Principal of Katsina College, and dated 2014, is the same thing as the 1961 WASC/Cambridge certificate you swore on oath that you have?

        Does the Katsina Provincial College set and conduct Cambridge examination as
        a legally-authorized assessment body? What sort of illiteracy is this you display? Or,
        is it that you don’t know if you took the exam or not? What are you still doing in court,
        if you know you don’t have a defence for not having any Wasc/Cambridge certificate,
        dated 1961?

        • Freethinker

          ..

          • agaracha

            …(2) What are you going to tell the court on 22nd of April?

            Let me make an informed guess why you are still in court despite your having no defence
            since the 6th of January. Your crooked type is commonplace and known to bright lawyers.
            You are in court ONLY to slow, stall or halt proceedings from ever getting to the point where
            you must make a confession that you lied with intent to STEAL the presidency of Nigeria.

            That is the only plausible reason you are still in court without making any plea there of either having Wasc certificate or not….just quiet. But your fraudulent plot to steal the presidency
            of Nigeria by guile or stealth will not work. We the people will defend the Constitution.

            What you plan to do is obvious: you want May 29th to arrive and then ask to be sworn in,
            without ever having to show any Wasc certificate to court, if any, and then, you’ll take refuge
            under the ‘Constitutional Immunity‘ of a sitting Head of Sate. But that will not happen.
            You MUST answer for your misdeeds. One APC Presidential Committee member long said
            you actually don’t have any WASC because you were expelled from Secondary School.
            So, what else are you going to say in court?

            Without making any confession or showing proof of Wasc in court, you believe that the
            2.8 million more votes you had at the 28th March election can be ignited to move out your
            beloved mass illiterates to the streets to fight and cancel the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria?
            Sorry O, Buhari, Yoruba people will never protest against a law written in the Constitution
            which you knew of since the year 1999, but now want to violate with impunity.

          • kakaaki

            ..

          • seemeseetrouble

            @agaracha,

            Buhari is in soup. What is he going to say now? He already swore on oath that his credentials
            are with the Army Board. The Army has refuted that. The Army said it NEVER keeps anyone’s
            original certificates. Which new excuse can Buhari tender to the court? John Oyegun, the APC
            Chairman even almost spoilt the case by saying General Ibrahim Babangida sent troops to

            Buhari’s house in 1985 and those troops destroyed Buhari’s certificates in the process of
            overthrowing General Buhari. But where are Buhari’s testimonials of school attendance
            and completion in lieu? Did General Babangida’s soldiers destroy those ones too? Haba!

            These are very childish lies, i beg!

            Even Tunji Abayomi – APC Legal Adviser – spun his own yarn the other day. He said Buhari
            should be compared to a brilliant student who had always come first in class but just a day
            to his WASC exams, the brilliant student went and raped the daughter of the English teacher.
            Well, well, well. After this rape narrative by Tunji Abayomi, the public has reacted with deep
            revulsion that Buhari won’t look the same again on the way to the court.

          • adeseyi oluwole cole

            The APC has even told another lie O! On April 3rd, they sent their boy-boy
            Tokunbo Afikuyomi to tweet that the “Army” has found Muhammadu Buhari’s
            Wasc/Cambridge certificate without mentioning any army officer who told him
            so or an army officer who’ ever said so. It is like there would be more lies
            from the APC party before April 22 court hearing. Stay tuned.

          • sol

            Too late to cry my dear Hater…..WHY NOT FOLLOW GEJ TO THE CRIMINAL COURT IN HAGUE ??? SINCE MAMA DARIS GOD …WOULD NOT BE GIVING HIM OGOGORO AGAIN ..YOU CAN BE OF GREAT HELP…LOSER

          • Bbb

            What else do you want him to tell the court. Is very simple the certificate that was in the army has been provided by the military 2 days after he won the election Shekena

      • Goodnight to you.

        • garry

          DID @agaracha TELL YOU HE IS ON THE EAST COAST? SUPPOSE HE IS ON THE WEST COAST? IN CALIFORNIA IT IS 3.05PM NOW. HE SHOULD CLOSE WORK AND GO AND SLEEP?

          • Uche

            Premium Times that is supporting General Muhammadu Buhari
            are the ones that should go and sleep. Premium Times have
            disgraced themselves too much by supporting illiteracy in public.
            The only thing saving Premium Times now is their Hijab which
            they use to cover their faces inside the newsroom when they
            are writing to support Islamic Jihad in Nigeria. Terrible thing!

          • dele majaro

            Uche,

            Please show us just one photo of the Premium Times newsroom where
            the journalists there are wearing Hijab to write news-reports? Just show one!

          • asking question

            WHY DID GOODLUCK JONATHAN LOSE 2015 ELECTION IN ALL STATES
            IN YORUBALAND; AND THEN, LOST ALL THE STATES IN MIDDLE-BELT,
            THE NORTH-EAST (EXCEPT GOMBE) AND IN THE ENTIRE NORTH-WEST?

        • Dawood

          I dey hear. You say you dey hear. Na lie. You no hear, and you no see. Give it up. Olodo.

        • rufai

          My People,

          BUHARI IS QUALIFIED TO BE SWORN IN ON 29TH MAY

          I beg please read that law of Section 137 [1] very well. It says as follows:

          • 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.

          Now if you read between the lines you will see that Buhari is qualified because
          the law applies only to A PERSON. Whereas Muhammadu Buhari is not and has
          never been an ordinary person. Buhari is a Mujahedeen Jihadist who announced
          he will continue to show openly and inside of him a total commitment to Sharia
          law which MUST be fully introduced in each and all of the 36 states of Nigeria.

          Therefore, Section 137 [1] can never apply to Buhari as a Jihadist Mujahedeen.
          The intention of those who drafted 1999 Constitution is to catch ordinary person,
          NOT to catch an extraordinary Islamist Mujahedeen like Muhammadu Buhari.

          • Chief femi fani-kayode is here again, welcome chief.

      • Dawood

        You say you dey hear. Na lie. You no hear, and you no see. Give it up. Olodo.

        • i dey hear

          @disqussant777:disqus: You dey hear say: 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
          ?

          • ekeh

            But is the APC a party of illiterates? How come APC did not know this,
            before carrying broom all over the place like lunatics in the afternoon.

      • Garden-City Boy

        They all know that there was no presidential election. It was a sham and shame situations don’t last. Time will tell.

      • Slam Dunk

        The real agony of a loser so palpably evident here. Truly, it hurts!

        • filip

          SLAM DUNK:

          You well so? 1999 Constitution is the real agony of a loser?
          Are you alright? The law is written there for action, not for fun O!

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      This is becoming an obsessive compulsive disease. It is a mental imbalance problem. You need to look for Doctors quick. If you enter market it will be too late.

      • Gbolly

        But is INTERROGATOR saying the truth or not? What is wrong with being insistent on truth?
        Every Nigerian is commanded by the 1999 Constitution to enforce its provision, that means
        the navy, the army, and the air-force, have the same legal duty to enforce the constitution.

        • No Comment

          ..

          • owoseni

            IS THIS A SAMPLE OF CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE? SO WHAT NONSENSE
            IS MUHAMMADU BUHARI NOW SHOWING ON A SHEET OF PAPER FROM KATSINA?

          • Omotolaaraujo

            🙁 Buhari, show your Certificate! 🙂 We’d rather see the PhD!

        • Omotolaaraujo

          But they never did.

  • Dawood

    All the roaches must go. Only TOTAL FUMIGATION shall be accepted.

  • burning spear

    President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations. It’s actually a shame that the US ambassador is all over the country since the Obama administration imposed Buhari on Nigerians—–First was the Award Obama gave JEGA hours after the presidential election—now this—rubbish by the US ambassador-to Nigeria–
    This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election. SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER

    • Omotolaaraujo

      Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. That’s all you ever talk about. We only wish to be separated from you.

    • Hassan Lawal

      oh boy! all your ogas are presently begging the General to give them soft-landing,some are even fleeing abroad in search of asylum,you are here,doing ngbati…. ngbati…..ngbati..Please,you better take it easy and dont worsen their problems for them o!

    • King Carlos

      Keep doing copy and paste everywhere. … oponnu

    • CHRISTOPHER AGBO

      Burning spear, how many times will I tell you?, my fellow Nigerian brother please see a doctor for your own good, prevention is better than cure.

    • hummm

      Then go to court. ALARIWO. Your spear is burnt and let us rest I beg.

  • Garden-City Boy

    And, I am thinking…….what exactly is it that is si very “EXCLUSIVE” about an out-going administration handing over to the incoming? These APC-JANJAWEED journalists are something else.

    • Omotolaaraujo

      They’re gonna need to get high to make sense of what Jonathan’s government did and did not.

    • tundemash

      Keep cl0wning .
      ! We can’t wait. Bye bye to jati, jati !

    • King Carlos

      let it go

  • Bishop

    The change we have long waited for.

  • tundemash

    Quick, quick! We can’t wait. Bye bye to jati, jati !

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  • brightdestiny

    Plz can someone tells me what on earth is holding the much anticipated may 29th day by?

  • K.Akerele

    The 1st

    step Buhari must take on May 29th

    But for his own care-free attitude to life, President Jonathan should long have known this.
    The Ministry of Aviation is the most vile and most corrupt in Nigeria today, without a doubt.
    It should be the first order of business on 29th May to quickly sack that Ministry’s hierarchies.
    President Jonathan removed the Minister but left the corrupt agency heads in place to fester.
    FAAN, NCAA, and NMA are the axis of evil in Nigeria. Their DGs and vile directors must go.
    The Aviation Ministry brought down Jonathan’s government. Buhari should not allow a repeat.

  • Akerele

    The 1st step Buhari must take on May 29th

    But for his own care-free attitude to life, President Jonathan should long have known this.
    The Ministry of Aviation is the most vile and most corrupt in Nigeria today, without a doubt.
    It should be the first order of business on 29th May to quickly sack that Ministry’s hierarchies.
    President Jonathan removed the Minister but left the corrupt agency heads in place to fester.
    FAAN, NCAA, and NMA are the axis of evil in Nigeria. Their DGs and vile directors must go.
    The Aviation Ministry brought down Jonathan’s government. Buhari should not allow a repeat.

    • No Comment

      “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people

      can live to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,
      as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

      …….. Mbazulike Amaechi

      (Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation)

      [September 14th, 2014]

      • Investigator

        LEST WE BE CARRIED AWAY BY THE FACT THAT NCAA,
        FAAN, AND, NMA ARE THE AXIS OF EVIL IN NIGERIA FOR
        THE MOST VILE CORRUPTION, THE POINT NOW IS THAT
        FOR GENERAL BUHARI TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT AVIATION
        HE HAS TO DO THE FOLLOWING FIRST ON 22ND OF APRIL:

        • No Comment

          “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people
          can live to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,
          as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

          …….. Mbazulike Amaechi

          (Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation)

          [September 14th, 2014]

          • okonofua A.

            @No Comment:

            To me, the 22nd of April is the real thing. It will show if Nigeria is no longer a country.
            This Buhari case is a common sense thing. There is no need to wear wig and gown
            and carry hammer for hand, say you be Justice, just to know the truth of this matter.
            It is very very obvious. The man does not have WASC. Buhari has lied big time here.
            He put his hand on Holy Koran and lied that he got WASC in 1961. Which good Muslim
            will follow Buhari to that High Court on 22nd April? No good Muslim will ever do that.

          • Omooodua

            “Professor Jega of INEC is only trying to shift responsibility by saying people
            opposed to Muhamadu Buhari’s qualification for the polls should go to court.
            I heard the APC saying Buhari has been contesting election for 12 years,
            and that nobody said anything about it, so, why now? And my answer,
            in form of question is, if someone has been committing robbery and
            getting away with it, the day he is caught, you are now asking,
            why has he not been caught all this while? Buhari is NOT eligible
            to run. That is the law.”

            ………..Chief Ayo Adebanjo

            (Afenifere Chieftain)

            (January 25th, 2015)

          • konkobelow

            • 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

        • hummm

          I feel you pain, but unfortunately cannt help you, because you are far gone in your mental health problem. I can see that you are going to have a long 8 years to contend with in the psychiatric hospital. You have totally lost it but May 29 is around the corner. How do you plan on loosing your sanity that day?

        • Burbank

          Buhari’s certificate

  • vica

    You all can pack ur bags and luggages, change is here.

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  • To all anti-Buhari elements. Ask the Nigerian Army why they disappeared Buhari’s certificate if it was not genuine, and why they rediscovered it after President-elect Buhari won the election.

    • jollyfella

      Yomi,pls where did u get d info dt the missing documents has been found? The army secretary drew the ire of retired personnel and that made some of them request for Thiers.I will be glad if d certificate has been found.

  • NaijaMoses

    Indeed institutions like the Army needs urgent overhauling and re-professionalisation to rescue it from the wicked, ethnical, corrupt and political claws of Gen. Minimah and his generals. They must follow their principal GEJ come May 29, so we can have our erstwhile glorious and highly respected Nigerian Army rechannelled to its constitutional role.

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