- Hand Over To Osinbajo: Buhari Lied To Court, Nigeria’s Constitution Does Not Say ’21 Days’
In defending himself against the charges by Nigerian attorney Inibehe Effiong in case with suit number FHC/L/CS/763/2019, filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, President Muhammadu Buhari’s defense submitted that the president only needs to hand over to Vice President Osinbajo if he spends 21 days on vacation.
An analysis of Nigeria’s constitution however proves this as a false claim.
Section 145 provides as follows:
145 (1) ‘’Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his Office, he shall transmit a written declaration to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, the Vice-President shall perform the functions of the President as Acting President.’’
President Muhammadu Buhari is again on vacation abroad and has again failed to hand over to VP Yemi Osinbajo.
The president through his media aide Femi Adesina had said:
“At the end of the summit, President Buhari will on Saturday 2 November, 2019, proceed to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on 17 November, 2019.”
However once again, the president has stood in violation of the Nigerian constitution, refusing to hand over to Nigeria’s Yoruba Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
In 2017 Senate Chided Buhari For “Coordinator Assignment,” Forced Transfer To Osinbajo
It is recalled that in 2017, Nigeria’s senate ruled that the transfer must be conducted and transferred power to Osinbajo as “Acting President” when Buhari tried to call him “coordinator in my absence.”
The Senate yesterday declared that Professor Yemi Osinbajo should function as Acting President pending the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from medical vacation. The upper legislative chamber insisted that it would fully adopt and apply Section 145 of the constitution, which clearly spells out what should happen when the president proceeds on vacation. Read full: https://guardian.ng/news/senate-chides-buhari-for-calling-vp-coordinator/
After these instances of national uproar and the dismissal of the illegality by the Senate, it is recalled that when the President travelled to London on a working leave on August 3, 2018 and returned on the 18th, spending a total of 16 days, he handed over to Osinbajo. This was the period when VP Yemi Osinbajo fired SSS boss Daura.
Will Ahmed Lawan Uphold The Law Or Will He Bow To Cabal?
It is yet to be seen if the current Ahmed Lawan-led senate will stand for its obligations to the people of Nigeria and declare Yemi Osinbajo Acting president, or if the senate will violate the law and bow to the cabal at the top who do not wish to see a Yoruba man handle the affairs of Nigeria.