Nigeria’s President sets up a presidential handover team

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order setting up a transitional team that will usher in a new government after the forthcoming general election.

“The new Executive Order puts in place a legal framework for the seamless transition of power from one Presidential Administration to another,” Buhari said in a statement.

He said Nigeria’s secretary to the federation would chair the transition council, which will be launched on Tuesday.

Other members of the council are; the Director General, National Intelligence Agency; Director General, State Security Services; Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice; National Security Adviser; Chief of Defence Staff; Inspector-General of Police; and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Nigerians will go to the polls on 25th of February, with a new president to be sworn in on 29th of May.

Buhari, 80, who is constitutionally barred from contesting the election, is serving his second and final term.

He becomes the second Nigerian leader to complete two terms in office since the end of military rule in 1999.

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