London Trip: Buhari has no Need to Transfer Power to Osinbajo – Presidency

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London Trip: Buhari has no Need to Transfer Power to Osinbajo – Presidency
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President Muhammadu Buhari’s mouthpiece, Garba Shehu ha said that the President commenced his annual medical trip to London even before his emergence as Nigeria’s President in 2015.

The presidential spokesman disclosed this on Tuesday while interacting with journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s departure wing, Abuja, shortly after his principal departed Nigeria for his medical trip in London.

Shehu said, “The President is looking at the window of opportunity that has opened with the Easter Holiday. It’s a much relaxed period for everyone –Good Friday, Easter Monday, National Holidays. Then, he will use that period for his regular medical check-up.

“This is something he had done for so many years even before he came to office. Every year, he had appointments with his doctors, and he went there to do it. The only anomaly this time around is that COVID prevented this kind of thing from holding in 2020. So, he has lost some time. The last time he was there was one and half years back.”

The President is expected to see a doctor during his stay in the UK and he is due to be back in the country in the second week of April.

The medical vacation comes on the heels of an indefinite strike declared by members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors which will commence on April 1.

Shehu also said that it is unnecessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. He said this when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He explained that President Buhari had not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Professor Osinbajo while away from the country for several days.

“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 law requires that if 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.”

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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