Posted on Tue 9 May 2017, 02:40 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari has notified the National Assembly on his scheduled medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.

The request was contained in a letter which was read on the floor of the senate by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.

President Buhari had in March said he will be returning to the UK for more medical attention from his doctors.

Citing Section 145 sub-section (1) of the Constitution as amended, President Buhari stated that the length of his stay in the UK will be determined by his doctors, adding that his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, would coordinate government activities until his return.

But in a swift reaction, Senator representing Abia North, Mao Ohuabunwa, faulted the president’s letter for not being specific on the role of the Vice President in his absence.

Responding to his claim, the Senate majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, clarified that Section 145 stipulates that the Vice President automatically becomes Acting President once a transmission has been made to the National Assembly by the President.

After Senator Lawan’s explanation, the President of the Senate ruled senator Mao out of order stressing that there was no ambiguity in Buhari’s letter.

President Buhari left the country for the UK on Sunday night for a continuation of his medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment. 

The President had returned on the 10th of March after a 7-weeks medical vaction. He had notified that he will need to return for further treatment in a number of weeks.

 

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