Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, speaking with newsmen after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja yesterday April 15th, said President Goodluck Jonathan will be officially handing over to President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on May 28th and not the accustomed May 29th date.
The minister said May 29th will be for the inauguration of a new government but that the formal handover will be done at a dinner for Buhari which will be hosted by President Jonathan
Akwashiki stated that:
By May 28, the President intends to have the formal handover done at a dinner so that we can reserve May 29 for the incoming government.
By May 28, we are expected to have concluded our own government and we are welcoming the incoming government.
Also you know May 29 is our Democracy Day. So, we have activities lined up all through that week, showcasing all what we have achieved and all other things we do normally on our Democracy Day except that this year is special with the inauguration of our new President that is coming up on May 29.
The President emphasised on the need for all MDAs to submit their handover notes to the Office of the SGF by the 20th of this month, that is next Monday. So we are going to be very busy this weekend putting our handover notes together.
The President also emphasised that he would require another little briefing from all MDAs to indicate inherited projects, how far they have been executed and initiated projects by his administration and the level of completion, whether completed, ongoing or abandoned.
That is not to say that governance has stopped. Of course, we are in government until the day he President-elect takes his oath of office,” she explained.