Presidency rejects calls for Buhari to resign for prolonged London stay

Buhari extends vacation in London, specifies no return date

The Presidency has rejected calls by a coalition of civil society groups that President Muhammadu Buhari resign over his prolonged illness.

Members of the group on Monday, staged a street protests to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, addressing the State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said Buhari has not violated the 1999 constitution by staying in London for the past 90 days.

Shehu described the agitation as baseless, while accusing those agitating Buhari’s resignation of stepping out of law.

“On the calls that the President should resign or whatever, I think the protesters are stepping outside the laws of this country. Anyone conversant with the constitution of this country, would have seen that the President has complied 100 percent with the requirements of the constitution of this country. What he has done is perfectly in line with the constitution. If people are looking for things to say, I think they should do their research very well,” the Presidential Spokesperson stated.

For instance, Shehu explained that Buhari before departing the country last May,  for medical trip in the UK, handed over power and notified the National Assembly, as stipulated in the 1999 constitution.

“He has handed over power to the Vice President in line with the constitution and the Vice President is undertaking activities of government in a way that the President himself has given him words of commendation. So the President has not breached any law,” he said.

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