The Nigerian government has said President Muhammadu Buhari is still “scrutinizing” the amended electoral bill the National Assembly forwarded to him over two weeks ago.
Femi Adesina, the president’s media adviser, on Monday reacted to a planned protest by some civil society groups on President Buhari’s delay.
Adesina said the CSOs are “ignorant” of constitutional requirements” regarding presidential assent.
He said: “Some interest groups are cashing in on what they consider a delay in the signing of the Electoral Bill into law by the President to foment civil disorder and muddy the waters.
“One can just pity their ignorance of Constitutional requirements, as the President has a window of 30 days within which to sign the Bill, or decline assent after it had been transmitted to him by the National Assembly.
“A proposed legislation that has to do with the electoral fortunes of the country needs to be thoroughly scrutinized, and be made as near-perfect as possible.
Those playing cheap politics with it are, therefore, encouraged to hold their peace, knowing that the right thing will be done within the lawful time”.