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Buhari’s ill-health: Nigeria’s president letter confirms he would stay away indefinitely

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The Senate has received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari confirming that he would stay away on a medical vacation in London indefinitely.

The letter dated 5th May, 2017 which was read by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki explained that his medical trip duration will depend on his medical advice from his doctors.

Raising through order 43, Senator Mao Ohabunwa drew the attention of the Senate, stating that there was no provision of coordinating anything on behalf of Mr. President.

Mao expressed concern that Buhari’s letter ought to have been that of transmitting power to his Vice President as acting President.

Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan urged that he should be ruled out of order, noting that Mr President has done what was in tandem with the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“Mr. Senate President, I don’t think we need to waste our time on this motion, the Constitution is very clear on issues like, I therefore called that my colleagues be ruled out of order,” Ahmed said.

In his ruling, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki ruled him out of order, saying the letter from Mr. President was in line with the Constitution.

 

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