The presidency on Tuesday said it was unnecessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo before jetting out to London, UK on Tuesday for a medical check-up.
It would be recalled that Senator Dino Melaye in a statement on his verified twitter handle had urged President Buhari to hand over the affairs of the nation to his Vice as he visits the UK.
In his words: “the president should transfer power to the Vice President through a letter to the National Assembly before leaving the country in-line with constitutional provision.”
Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who featured on Channels TV programme said President Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Professor Osinbajo while away from the country for a number of days.
His words read “He (Buhari) will continue from wherever he is,” Shehu said when asked if the President had transferred duties to the vice president.
He added, “The requirement of the law is that the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted.”
The presidency had in a statement said the President was expected back in the country in the second week of April.
Before he embarked on the trip, Buhari met with the service chiefs where he directed them to identify the leaders of bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.
He stated that the criminals would no longer dictate the tone, adding that he was aware of plans by individuals who constitute themselves as authorities to undermine the efforts of the central government.
However, since assuming office, the President has embarked on several trips to the United Kingdom to seek medical care, but has not been to the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on his principal’s condition, Shehu stressed that there was no emergency for the President to travel to London.
He insisted that the President was not sick in any way, adding that it was just a routine medical check-up just as he had done in the past.