Anyone that talks of an ING would be charged with treason – Jonathan

By Post Nigeria February 23, 2015 06:00 Updated

Anyone that talks of an ING would be charged with treason – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has once again stressed that an interim government is unconstitutional, and any suggestion by anyone to that effect would be considered treason.

Jonathan made the clarification in a goodwill message at the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, in Abuja on Sunday.

The President said at the risk of being accused of campaigning in a church, that he must thrash the much talked about issue of interim government.

“Interim government is not known to the Nigerian constitution, as a nation, we don’t have a constitutional court, we only have a Supreme Court; I don’t have powers to redefine our constitution.

“There is no way Goodluck Jonathan who was elected by the people with a clear mandate will now go and head an interim government without a mandate.

“The only interim government that anybody can contemplate is a military government which of course will not be accepted.

“ECOWAS will not accept it that is why we forced Burkina Faso to take the decision they took; AU will not accept it, the UN will not accept it and Nigerians will not in this present generation accept it.

“So any insinuation about interim government is treasonable and people should not talk about it.

“Elections will be conducted as scheduled by INEC,” he said.

Jonathan, who is the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer, affirmed the commitment of his administration and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to abiding by the new election dates.

He expressed concern over some media reports, especially on social media, stressing that the nation must remain stable.

“The kind of statements we read in the media especially in the social media, sometimes you begin to get worried; is Nigeria going up in flames?

“But I am convinced that this country will continue to be stable,” he said.

The President also assured that before the new dates fixed for the elections, insecurity would have been stemmed to allow for a peaceful, free, fair and undisrupted exercise.

“Probably if INEC had gone ahead to conduct the elections, there would have been a major crisis in the North-East.