- President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the Senate was read on May 9, 2017
- He notified the National Assembly of his intention to travel for medical check
- But Buhari in the letter addressed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as ‘coordinator’ as against the belief that he should be addressed as acting president
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will “coordinate” the nation’s affairs while he is abroad for medical treatment.
Premium Times reports that a letter sent by the president to the Senate, notifying lawmakers of his trip, however raised questions on Tuesday May 9 about Mr Osinbajo’s powers after Mr Buhari failed to address him as “acting president”.
NAIJ.com gathered that Mr Buhari left Nigeria on Sunday night May 7, shortly after receiving 82 Chibok girls who regained freedom after three years in Boko Haram captivity.
Since coming to power in May 2015, it is the fourth time Mr Osinbajo will be acting on behalf of the president.
Mr Buhari has won praise for promptly handing over power before embarking on each trip.
This time, the president said his stay in the United Kingdom would be determined by his doctors.
But his latest correspondence to the Senate, read by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, was questioned by a Senator who argued that Mr Osinbajo should have been designated “acting president”.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Senate read that President Buhari wrote in the letter that his doctor would determine when he would spend in UK before coming back to Nigeria.
Mao Ohabunwa, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, representing Abia North, said it was not proper to name the vice president “coordinator” of the nation’s affairs.
He was however ruled out of order by Mr Saraki, after the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, defended Mr Buhari, citing Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.
That section says, “Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a man on the streets of Lagos who has harsh words for President Buhari who he believes is not doing so well for the masses.