Buhari’s medical leave letter sparks controversy in Senate


The content of President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the Senate, notifying the lawmakers of his intention to travel to the United Kingdom for follow up medical leave, sparked controversy in the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at Tuesday’s plenary.

Buhari in his letter said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would coordinate government’s affairs while he is away.

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa said the letter did not say anything.

He added that there is no provision for coordinating vice president in the constitution.

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, countered that the letter quoted section 145 of the constitution.

The section gives the vice president power to act in the absence of the president.

The Senate president however overruled Ohuabunwa’s argument.


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