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Is President Buhari On Working Leave?

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ElevateNews takes a look at President Muhammadu Buhari’s holiday in London and the signing of the bill while on vacation.

There is an absolute breach of the process in the running of Nigerian Government no doubt. It looks as if the country is sliding down to dictatorship in which the president runs the affairs as he wishes.

President Muhammadu Buhari is on a private visit to London, according to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

The president left Nigeria for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on official duty last week and presently vegetating in London on a private visit, which of course should have stopped him from performing any official duty.

Being on a private visit does not remove him as a president anyway but automatically and constitutionally empowers his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to act on his behalf.

Buhari will be returning to Nigeria on November 17, according to his media aide but on Tuesday he signed the Amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Bill into law while he is on a private visit to the United Kingdom.

The documents were taken to him by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari while the vice president is in Nigeria with his hands folded in-between his knees.

Buhari refused to transmit power to Osinbajo. The rubber-stamped Senate and the House of Representatives have been keeping quiet over this. The country is being run by one man and he does this with a high sense of pride.

No doubt, the president is on leave but is he on working leave that made him not to transmit power to Osinbajo, according to the constitution. This is exactly what happened when late President Umoru Musa Yar’Adua refused to transmit power to the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Having noticed that there was no way his husband Yar’Adua would survive the undisclosed ailment in Saudi Arabi, his wife Turai began to manipulate the government until prominent Nigerians intervened and ensured that Jonathan became the Acting President.

Who knows where Buhari is at present, except that Nigerians were told that he is on a private visit in London. Of course, the president needs to rest and he also must transmit power to his deputy if he must do so.

Where there is no trust, there can never be love. Osinbajo may be loyal, Buhari has lost trust in him as he is not comfortable anymore with Osinbajo’s acting role.

Osinbajo is more or less an errand boy for now, according to the National Publicity Secretary of the Pan Yoruba Socio-Political group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.

The present situation is a conformation that all is not well between the president and his vice. It is a matter of time that all that is being covered will be exposed. Many are looking at this as the power play ahead of the 2023 election but must it extends to the arbitrary breaking of constitutional order?

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