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Presidency Speaks On Buhari Not Transmitting Power To Osinbajo

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The presidency has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari did not transmit power to his vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo before embarking on a medical trip to London.

The reaction follows questions and speculations by Nigerians about the situation.

According to the presidency, it is unnecessary for President Buhari to transmit power to the vice president, Professor Osinbajo.

The position of the presidency on the issue was made known by President Buhari’s Media Aide, Garba Shehu who appeared on a television programme on Tuesday, March 30.

Shehu said Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Professor Osinbajo while away from the country for a number of days.

He said: “He will continue from wherever he is. The requirement of the law is that 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.”

Recall that before President Buhari embarked on the trip he had met with the Service Chiefs where he directed them to identify the leaders of bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.

He stated that the criminals would no longer dictate the tone, adding that he was aware of plans by individuals who constitute themselves as authorities to undermine the efforts of the central government.

This is not the first time that the President will be embarking on several trips to the United Kingdom to seek medical care since assuming office.

According to Shehu, the president is not sick in any way, as his trip is just a routine medical check-up just as he had done in the past.

Shehu had earlier told journalists in Abuja that the president has always had medical appointments abroad even before he assumed office. Shehu noted that it is only somewhat different this time because the president did not make any such travel in 2020 obviously because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Recall that the presidency had on Monday, March 29 announced that Buhari will proceed to London for a routine medical check-up.

The announcement was made by his spokesman, Femi Adesina via a short statement posted on his Facebook page, adding that Buhari is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.

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