By Wilson Adekumola
Over 50 civil society organisations have admonished everyone against any struggle to scuttle the swearing-in of Asiwaju BolaTinubu on May 29, 2023, following the outcome of 2023 general elections.
According to Vangaurd, the concerned organisations, led by Citizens For Development And Education, Center For Peace And Environmental Justice, and Nigerian Peace Advocates, during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, called on those projecting imposition of Interim National Government to discard it, say it was alien to Nigerian constitution.
The groups’ admonition came at the wake of the report by the Department of State Service, that was a plot by some persons not favourably disposed to the outcome of the 2023 presidential election to cause the imposition of Interim National Government in the country.
Speaking through their representatives, Amb. Ibrahim Waiya, Executive Director of CDE; and Comrade Mulade Sheriff, Executive Director of CEPEJ, the groups implored the media to help the nation by desisting from circulating information and broadcasts that were capable of heighten the insecurity in the country thus drawing the nation towards what they described as the “Rwanda experience”.
“Although it is natural for people to have their own expectations in a particular election, that should not be a reason to take away our sense of maturity, reasoning and judgment to think of what is right or wrong, especially at larger perspectives where the lives of many innocent citizens may be at stake”, they said.
According to the briefing, “Our increased concerns centre on the continuous promotion of incitement and an uncomplimentary statement from the quarters of the aggrieved politicians and other enemies of our country who have also systematically taken cover under the pretext of the conduct of elections to cause chaos and disharmony amongst the Nigerian citizens.
“This situation, therefore, calls for concerted efforts to contain the boiling anger of some Nigerians, whose expectations turned out to be negative.
“The negativity that is on trial, needs nothing less than a holistic healing of the wound and reconciliation, to salvage and secure our country from the imminent threat of disunity and disharmony.”
They, therefore, declared that: “We wish to unequivocally condemn all advocacies for the establishment of Interim Government in Nigeria;
“We condemn all utterances and unguarded statements promoted directly or through proxy by any politician or religious leader along ethnic, regional or religious sentiment capable of inciting violence in Nigeria, especially at this critical period of our democratic transition;
“All media organizations should further exercise restraint in the interest of peace and national unity on all broadcast that may create confusion and or aggravate our fragile security situation, by x-raying all content before airing to avoid the Rwanda experience in Nigeria;
“Nigerians should not fall into a trap of any sentiments to serve the interest of any desperate and greedy political leaders;
“All aggrieved politicians should stick to legal process for redress as provided by our legal system, and should desist from threatening, intimidating and discrediting the same system he or she is seeking to serve
“International Organizations and Communities should exercise restraint in submitting to the sentiments of some politicians, who are hell-bent on destabilizing the country, as Nigeria direly needs the support of its friends at this critical time of transition, to salvage our nascent democracy in the interest of Africa’s stability and the world at large;
“We strongly urge and advise the incoming administration to run an all-inclusive government to give a sense of belonging to every region, ethnic, religious and political affiliations.”