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As the president travels to London on medical treatment, he transmitted a letter of handing over to the senate. This letter wa seen as controversial because of its content.
The letter reads: “In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I wish to inform the distinguished Senate that I will be away for a scheduled medical follow-up with my doctors in London. The length of my stay will be determined by the doctor’s advice. “While I am away, the Vice President will coordinate the activities of the government. Please accept, the distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
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As you can see, the clarification became very necessary as President Buhari’s letter to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, announcing his medical trip to London was ambiguous over who is officially in charge of the country’s affairs. The clause ‘ coordinating’ was seen as ambiguous.
Senator Moa Ohuabunwa from Abia State had picked holes with the letter, saying that the wordings put Vice President Osinbajo as merely a “coordinating” Vice President instead of Acting President.
Finally, after heated argument, it was agreed that Section 145 is clear and unambiguous as to who takes over from the President when he is not available. In this case, having written to the National Assembly in fulfillment of Section 145, President Buhari has made his Vice, the Acting President.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to the country on Friday after medical leave in United Kingdom, said he will leave his deputy in charge for the time being and not immediately resume power.
In his word, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo “will continue” in the role of acting-president “and I will continue to rest.”
No timeline was given for how long Osinbajo would be in charge.
After two day of his return, Monday 13th March 2017, the president communicated to the Senate on his resumption on the same Monday 13th March, 2017.