Nigeria must have a new federal government come May 29 – Obasanjo

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya, said a new federal government must emerge in Nigeria on May 29, 2015 in accordance with the country’s constitution.

Answering questions from the BBC on Saturday’s postponement of the 2015 general elections, Obasanjo said the constitution lays out how the new government should emerge.

“That is all I can go by. I cannot go by any situation or any other thing”, he said.
The former president ruled out the possibility of an interim national government if by any means the presidential election fails to hold, saying, “I don’t know that because the constitution does not have provision for that. There is no place in our constitution for an interim government. I will just have to wait and see”.

Asked if he was concerned about the country’s future if the election does not hold, Obasanjo said Nigeria had gone near precipice on many occasions before, and came back.

“We will continue to have this type of uncertainty. We have had more than half a dozen of them in the past but we have survived them”, he said.

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