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Buhari constitutes transition committee, names Mustapha as Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a Presidential Transition Council to facilitate and manage the handing over of power by his government.

The establishment of the committee was disclosed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in Abuja on Thursday.

In the statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr. Willie Bassey in his office, Mustapha said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a Presidential Transition Council for facilitating and managing the 2023 transition programme.

“Members of the committee are: Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Chairman); Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; and the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Justice.

“Others are: Permanent Secretaries in the following ministries: Defence; Interior; Finance, Budget and National Planning; Foreign Affairs; Information and Culture; Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA); and Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

“Others are: the Cabinet Affairs Office in the OSGF; the General Services Office in the OSGF; Economic and Political Affairs Office in the OSGF; and the State House.

“Also, included as parts of the Council are: the National Security Adviser (NSA); the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS); the Inspector General of Police (IGP); the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA); the Director General, State Security Services (SSS); the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; and two representatives, to be nominated by the President-elect.

“The Transition Council will be inaugurated by the SGF on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at noon at the Conference Hall of the OSGF.

“Members are expected to attend the inauguration in person,” the statement said.

It added: “Also, the President has signed the Executive Order Number 14 of 2023 on the Facilitation and Management of the Presidential Transitions.

“A key feature of the Presidential Executive Order Number 14 of 2023 is the institutionalisation of a legal framework that would enable a seamless transition of power from one Presidential Administration to another, which is part of President Buhari’s legacy.”

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