In the wake of a series of calls from several quarters prevailing on the federal government to devise an Interim National Government mechanism in order to create more time for better conduct of elections and transition, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke, SAN, has found it pertinent to release a statement addressing the issues.
Leading the call for the ING is Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly in Lagos. Bakare said the prevailing atmosphere cannot accommodate a free elections, warning Nigeria of devastating consequences should she proceed.
Here’s the complete statement as released by the Attorney-General:
1. My attention has been drawn to recent calls in the media by some Nigerians for the constitution of an Interim National Government to ostensibly mid-wife the 2015 general elections to usher in a new democratic government.
2. While I recognize and appreciate the inalienable right of Nigerians to freely express themselves and proffer solutions to perceived national challenges, I am deeply concerned that some undiscerning Nigerians are being unwittingly led to believe that a certain prescription, which is totally alien to the Constitution, can be adopted as viable solution to our national challenges.
3. It has therefore become necessary to correct this misconception and refocus the citizenry on the path of constitutionalism and democratic tenets consistent with our quest for democratic consolidation in Nigeria. For avoidance of doubt, it is pertinent to state that the framers of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, did not envisage the constitution of Interim National Government to superintend over the affairs of Government. It is therefore not surprising to observe that no provision for Interim National Government was made in the Constitution.
4. The contraption called “Interim National Government” is therefore alien to Nigeria’s constitutional framework and the arrangement should not be promoted by well–meaning Nigerians under any guise or circumstance. Nigerians are therefore enjoined to continue to rely on the Constitution, which contains adequate provisions on how the democratic process can be activated to elect their leaders from time to time