Disagreement in Senate over Buhari’s medical vaction letter

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

There has been disagreement in the Senate over the interpretation of the letter sent by President Muhammadu Buhari, notifying the National Assembly of his indefinite medical vacation in the UK.

Buhari, in the letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at plenary, said that his length of stay in the UK will be determined by the advice of his doctors.

In his absence, Buhari told the Senate that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will co-ordinate the activities of government.

The argument started when Senator Mao Ohuabunwa criticised Buhari for asking Osinbajo to act as coordinator, instead of Acting President.

Ohuabunwa who said, there is no provision for coordinating president in the 1999 constitution, believes that Buhari has not transferred power to the Vice President.

He was interrupted by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who said that the President fully complied with section 145 of the constitution in his letter to the Senate.

The Senate President later overruled Senator Ohunbunwa, saying Buhari’s letter was in order.

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