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Face off: Jonathan’s men warn Buhari’s on transition

With about four weeks to the May 29 handover date, the members of President Goodluck Jonathan’s transition committee have called on their counterparts in Buhari’s camp not to act as a parallel government, or trying to stampede the Jonathan administration out of office.

Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Suleiman, who said the Buhari team was making impossible demands from the government, said that “The magnanimity of Mr. President should not be taken to be cowardice”.

Suleiman, who is also a member of the Jonathan Transition Committee stated this while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, on Wednesday.

Although he did not specify those demands, he also said “Mr. President and indeed council members enjoined Nigerian people to see the olive branch extended to Nigerians and international community as a way of keeping this country intact, as a way of ensuring peace in Nigeria and as such whatever the outcome of the election, what is important is Nigeria’s national interest. And that national interest should be protected, enhanced and promoted at whatever level we are.”

He said: “We take exceptions to some utterances to some of the terms of reference that look as if the current government is being stampeded or intimidated.

“Council frowned at most of the statements. Council members are advised to work in line with the terms of reference of the current government.”

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