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Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing his aides to remain in office despite the expiration of their tenure.

Falana stressed that the action of such aides taken on behalf of the presidency could be declared illegal if challenged in court.

The activist noted that the right thing to do would have been for the President to re-appoint such aides if he wishes to continue working with them.

Africa News24 (AN24) recalls that President Buhari constituted his cabinet six months after he came into office in his first tenure.

The President was inaugurated on May 29, 2019, for a second term in office as Nigeria’s democratically elected president and as at the time of filing this report, he was yet to constitute his cabinet although he has, however, made some appointments.

Reacting to the President’s refusal to constitute his cabinet, Falana said on Thursday; “Like ministers, special advisers and other political appointees were appointed by President Buhari for a four-year term of office in 2015. Consequently, the tenure of all the political appointees expired on May 29, 2019, by effluxion of time. Hence, the federal cabinet was dissolved while all ministers were relieved of their appointments at the end of the four-year tenure.

“In the same vein, all other political appointees ought to have been asked to relinquish their positions. Since President has not sacked them or renewed their appointments there has arisen the urgent need to avoid a constitutional crisis whereby the actions of such persons who have continued to occupy offices illegally may be questioned or declared illegal by a court of law.”

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