Activist condemns call for interim government


Afe Babalola

Richard Elesho

A human rights activist, Comrade Idris Miliki has condemned recent suggestion that interim government should be set up to take over the governance of the country at the end of tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari by elder stateman and respected lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola.

Miliki, who is the Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution,in a statement in Lokoja on Tuesday said it was unfortunate for anyone to call for the suspension of the nation’s constitution.

He wondered if there is a provision for an interim administration in the 1999 constitution as amended while calling for caution on statements that could cause crisis ahead the 2023 General elections.

He said, “the statement attributed to the senior citizen and even senior lawyer, Afe Babalola, calling for an interim government after the expiration of the current administration should be condemned in all ramification.

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“Elections have been fixed for next year February 11, for the office of the president and all National Assembly while March 25th has been fixed for the office of governor and State House of Assembly where applicable according to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

“INEC is the institution statutorily put in place by law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

”Rather than all Nigerians, particularly senior citizens to come out with meaningful suggestions and workable strategy that can secure our country towards peaceful conduct of elections, he is engaged in provocative pronouncement, that would not do the nation any good.

“His suggestion can only lead to constitutional crisis of monumental proportion. If we may ask where is the provision for an interim administration in the 1999 constitution as amended?”

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