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Senate Reads President Buhari’s Letter Two Days After Departure

Senate President, Doctor Bukola Saraki today at the plenary read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari informing the legislature of his medical vacation to the United Kingdom.

While the President said in the letter that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would coordinate the governance of the country during his absence, this, however, did not go down well with Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, who faulted the letter for not naming Professor Osinbajo as Acting President and therefore should be disregarded.

While raising a point of order, Senator Ohuabunwa argued that the letter was not clear on the transfer of power from President Buhari to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to him, whenever the President transmits to the leadership of the National Assembly a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or is unable to discharge the functions of his office, such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting President.

On his part, Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan countered Senator Ohuabunwa, saying President Buhari has fulfilled the provisions of relevant sections of the Constitution by transmitting the letter.



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