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2015 elections not my priority - Jonathan

25 June 2012, 07:19

 Abuja, June 24, 2012 (NAN) President Goodluck Jonathan says his pre-occupation is how to face the challenges of governance and not the 2015 elections.

He said at a media chat in Abuja on Sunday that it was too early in the life of his administration to begin to talk about the 2015 elections.

He explained that any decision taken and made public at the moment on the 2015 presidency would overheat the polity and he had decided not to discuss it.

The president said he enjoyed cordial relationship with the National Assembly and if there were issues they would find amicable ways of resolving them.

He called on Nigerians not to make an issue out of the decision by the House of Representatives summoning him to appear before it on the security situation in the country.

Jonathan said there was nothing wrong for a president to appear before the legislature to defend government policies and programmes.

The president also clarified that there was no procedural error in his announcement of the change of name of University of Lagos (UNILAG) before sending the enabling Bill to the National Assembly.

He said such procedure was allowed in governance and he had not erred in any way.

Jonathan cited the example of the University of Uyo which he said had been in existence many years back awarding post-graduate degrees, whereas he signed the law establishing the institution only in 2010.

He also gave the example where government declared a state of emergency and later sent the necessary bill to the National Assembly to back the declaration.

In his May 29 "Democracy Day" broadcast, President Jonathan directed that UNILAG be renamed Moshood Abiola University in honour of the late Moshood Abiola’s contributions to democracy.

The announcement generated spontaneous protests and subsequent criticism by some sections of the populace.

A bill was later sent to the National Assembly by the Presidency to ratify the change after the announcement by the president.


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