President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State,
warned Nigerian politicians who are calling for the setting up of an
Interim National Government (ING) to refrain from such insinuations
because their action was treasonable.
Jonathan who stated this during a courtesy call on the Emir of Daura,
Alhaji Faruk Umar, in continuation of the PDP Presidential campaign in
the state, said that ING was unconstitutional.
He, therefore, warned politicians who are fretting the idea, which is
alien to the Nigerian Constitution, to desist from it or risk being
charged with treason.
“Anybody planning ING or is linked with ING must be dealt with in
accordance with the law because it is treasonable.
“ING is not known to our constitution; it is treasonable,’’ he said.
The President Jonathan urged Nigerians to ignore such calls and
exercise their franchise by voting for the candidates of their choice
during the upcoming general elections.
“Nigerians should ignore such and go and vote for those who will
bring about development to the local, state and federal government
levels,’’ he said.
Jonathan commended the Emir and his people for the sustenance of peace
in the emirate and the country.
He enumerated some of his administration’s achievements to include
Almajiri education, agriculture and, particularly, rail transport,
which has been revived after more than 30 years in limbo.
Jonathan promised to link all the states of Nigeria with railways to
improve transportation, save travel time and cost as well as reduce
Responding, the Emir, thanked Jonathan for the visit and told him to
ensure a peaceful general election nationwide.