Buhari writes National Assembly, makes Osinbajo Acting President for third time

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Economic Council Retreat ... On March 21, 2016 PHOTO CREDIT: STATE HOUSE PHOTO

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his 10-day leave and temporary transfer of power to Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Buhari’s letter, also forwarded to the House of Representatives, on Thursday.

The leave is between January 23 and February 6, making 10 working days, the President told the lawmakers through the letter read by Mr. Saraki at Thursday’s plenary.

It is the third time Mr. Buhari will be transferring power to Mr. Osinbajo to act as president, since the two leaders were inaugurated in May 2015.

The first time was in February 2016 when the President embarked on a five-day vacation; and the second time was in June 2016 when Mr. Buhari went on a trip to the United Kingdom for medical for treatment of what the Presidency called ear infection.

A formal notice to both chambers of the National Assembly to appraise the lawmakers of intention to go on leave and handover power temporarily to the vice-president is in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution.


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  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Good, I commend Mr President for following the rules.

  • kayode Olufade

    Good and bad! Bad in the sense that one begins to insinuate that the rigours of office are proving too much for PMB this the frequent off stays! And good in the sense that the president and vice have a good relationship and fears of delegating responsibilities is not a question.

  • Arogbo

    May the Lord grant our indomitable President a quick recovery and divine health. OSINBAJO/AISHA BUHARI 2019.

    • Lanre

      I hope u know some prayers are like noise in the ear of our Lord? Would even Ogun (Your god of Iron) or Orisa (god of thunder) answer your prayer to keep a cold blooded killer alive? Are IPOB demonstrators and Shiite Muslims killed (due to orders given by one who calls himself commander in chief) not human beings?

      • FuzzyLogic

        Noise is even more tolerable. The Bible says the the prayer of a sinner is abomination unto the Lord.

      • Arogbo

        That sango the god of thunder will soon fire all of you.

  • Fernando Luis

    what do you expect in the zoo called nigeria, where old men who are suppose to be retirement are hungry for power even though they they knew they are incompetent, unfit and illiterate just like the GWORO-STAIN TOOTHED MAN OF DAURA ALIAS BUHARI.

    • SamPsalm

      Your comment makes no sense. Just look at all of Europe and the US and show one country where people are afraid of septugenarians in authority. US just elected a man in his 70s as President. His cabinet is not made up of greenhorns – a feature replicated across most advanced countries. The real zoo is your mind – mis-educated with wrath as it is and with your upside sense of self-importance and ‘wisdom’. If you do not help yourself escape from that historical museum which has enshrined your deep self-loathing escalated by your clearly bereft status as a mentally-stateless homo-sapien, you may find Buhari outliving you. Especially as he is disciplined and smart enough to take leave of office when he deems it appropriate. His generation like Trump of the US are just starting off their tenure. Repent

    • FineBoy

      and the Queen of England is 23 year old

    • Gwong Jack

      Not old men who are supposed to retire but old men who are supposed to die. How can 76 years old be having Jobs and endless bonuses when millions of youth have no jobs or when young ladies like my beautiful hardworking Falcons are not even paid after working for Nigeria? Honestly 9ja is not a country.

      • Powerlessconscious

        How old is queen of england. Illiterate biafraud.

    • Powerlessconscious

      Biafraud can continue to cry. Nobody cares. God bless pmb/osinbanjo.

  • Mamman Bako

    When are going to know the true state of PMB’s health? Nigerians are being short changed by these sporadic absences. Nigerians gave him a full term, a full term he must serve with no uncertainties. These uncertainties doubles our risks because we don’t know what he gets treated for.

    • JSA1

      YOU SOUND IDIOTIC! YOU GAT NO RESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRN. ALL PRESIDENTS OF NATIONS GO ON VACATION. WHY WILL THAT OF NIGERIA BE AN EXCEPTION?

      • jie

        I remembered Obama came to Nigeria for his vacation last year!. You are more idiotic than mamman bako.

  • Adamu Ndagi

    Is/was PMB’s leave based on health ground? Information printed does/did not say PMB is/was on medical/sick leave/vocation? Why don’t we so called Nigerian youths give duly respect to our elders? A population of over 180 million be ruled by a so called youth, that does not even know history of his immediate family. America made such mistake with Obama, but, now has corrected it. Go and read it.

    • princegab

      You are insane or read back to yourself and make corrections.

    • tony

      Monkey like u…U just suddenly realized that it is morally right to give our leaders respect? Tell Nigerians the truth that the man is sick, period.

  • young

    i dout ,if we will ever get a president to meet some of his principles…..He said i have not steal kobo(for saying it is enough for me) and can just dedicate power to is deputy without an atom of fear…..

    • princegab

      Why should he fear? That what the constitution says.

      • duwdu

        Why? Ask Obasanjo.

        P34c3
        ……..
        …..

    • tony

      This is not the kind of president we desire. Has cabinet members not stolen money?

  • mayGodpunishopressors

    Buhari has been sick for a long time, even before he took over power from Shagari. This is a man that is full of anger, bitterness, malice, hatred, unforgiving spirit, etc, all this long. These are cancerous diseases that he bottled up and stomached and he is still carrying them.It takes God’s grace for one to survive with these ailment.

    • wode

      We know your likes.The team of destroyers and looters would prefer they go and enjoy their loots without being questioned.

    • SamPsalm

      Who is not sick, you? If a man could be sick since 1984 and live to 2017 – and still have the energy to do intercontinental air-travels and to endure the headaches of presiding over a nation with a recessed economy following a kleptomaniac leadership, then his sickness should be bottled up, given NAFDAC number and sold in exclusive shops

  • FBIL

    His Excellency, Prof. Osinbajo should use the 10 working days to prove that ”oga PMB” is really slow by releasing all those Board appointments which PMB has witheld since long now. If possible, use the powers conferred on you to dissolve the cabinet and set up a new economic team. Nigerians want action, not talk.

    • SamPsalm

      The first quasi-sensible reaction so far.

  • tony

    When is Mr Osibajo going on leave or is it that he is not allowed to go leave? We told you from beginning that Mr. Buhari wasn`t to run the country for 4yrs. Just tell us he is going medical trip abroad.

    • Rommel

      Obviously,you are not well informed like a typical Nigeria,when he did,it also made headlines and he was declared missing by the press,just open this pg
      http://www..vanguardngr..com/2016/12/vice-president-yemi-osinbajo/

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Truly,democracy is on firmly rooted in Nigeria, political space as democratic institutions have taken root except the judiciary and Nigerian police that are still suffering from deep rooted corruption culture.Vice president Osinbajo, is a decent,transparent and competent leader who will deliver smooth handling of governance.

  • emmanuel

    President Jonathan was in office as President for 5 years and in office as Vice President for 3 years. In all 8 years he never went on leave talk less of going for Medical treatment abroad.

    This is the 5th time (not 3rd time as deliberately reported by PT) that Buhari is going on Vacation/Medical treatment in just 1 year 7months and this is horribly senseless. How many times have you heard Obama go on Vacation? – He is a Basket ball player and coach. How many times have you heard my friend Vladimir Putin go on vacation? – He is a Black belt holder in Taikwando. Which sport does Buhari engage in apart from the one in the other room? Even Ronald Reagan as a US president at 79 was still fit as a fiddle and never went on unnecessary leave except his annual vacation in summer.

    How can Buhari be going on annual leave at the beginning of the year when he should be attending to economic issues, planning and so on? This is nauseating. Horrible! Africans don’t seem to realize what it means to lead a country. Leadership is business – you must make deals and make profit for the country. Does Buhari, the Ministers, the crooks in Senate & House of Reps and all the Governors etc understand this at all?

    • Rommel

      And what did Nigeria benefit from president Jonathan not being absent for one day?

      • absam777

        Nigeria gained economic sickness called recession, corruption and lawlessness. Worse than leave or vacation.

      • emmanuel

        Jonathan did the following and even more –
        1. Stabilized the Naira against foreign currencies @ Ghc1 = NGN70 , USD1 = NGN163, GBP1 = NGN264 and so on
        2. Stabilized marriages (Very low divorce rates, because economy was good and men kept their jobs)
        3. Stabilized life (Non existent suicides arising from economic frustration)
        4. Stabilized and grew the economy (Largest economy in Africa, over taking South Africa)
        5. Grew GDP by 29% which is unprecedented
        6. Encouraged investments
        7. Encouraged local manufacturing and discouraged import of retail/small consumer items that Nigeria can make locally
        8. Improved Agriculture (No Nigerian was hungry and none died of starvation during his presidency despite Buhari’s Boko haram attacks)
        9. Built 7 Federal Universities and gave over 4 licenses to Private universities
        10. Built schools to rehabilitate Almajiri people of the North and empower them rather than pay them N5,000/Month & make them lazy
        11. Prosecuted and jailed Terrorists and wee knew their names e.g., Kabiru Sokoto (The Mandala Church Bomber) etc, and not like Buhari who grants Amnesty to terrorists and killers and those who behead christians
        12. No single mass sack during his presidency and no company, airline etc wounded up and left Nigeria for Ghana or Cotonou
        13. etc etc etc

        Should I continue?

        • SamPsalm

          Malaria fever.

        • Rommel

          You are obviously delusional so no need

    • SamPsalm

      If only he went on vacation, who knows? May be, God would have found time to shake him up a bit as to the disaster of grasshopperic proportion he had become

    • aisha ani

      Jonathan was on a permanent vacation.

  • Tonto

    Sworn in to Office ======== May 29th, 2015
    Goes on Annual Vacation === February, 2016
    Goes for Medical Treatment = June, 2016
    Goes for Annual Vacation === February, 2017
    Goes for Medical Vacation === June, 2017

    This is how Musa Yar’Adua started before he went on a final vacation. I wish Buhari best of luck

  • Obatan

    Dear EDITOR,
    Why are you people so deceptive and mischievous in Premium Times? All other news papers have reported that Buhari is going on Medical vacation. Punch, Pointblanknews, PM News, Naijanews etc have all reported that Buhari is going for intestinal and ear scan in UK. Why then are u not telling us the truth?

    • El Patron

      Speculation is not the job of a journalist and responsible media houses. If you are looking for speculation then you are in the wrong place my friend. Yes it may be correct that’s what Buhari went for, BUT that’s not the official reason he has given. It is only speculation until confirmed. Meanwhile the man is entitled to his leave.

      • NAME of Suicide bomber ???

        Dear EDITOR of Premium Times,

        What is the name and state of origin and address of the so called 12yr old suicide Bomber that struck at Maiduguri (Northern Nigeria) yesterday? Are u people going to sweep the matter under the carpet without telling us where she came from or at least her name?
        Nigeria has become the best country in the world to pursue a career in Islamic terrorism. They (terrorists) go free!
        —Their families go free.
        — Those who aid the attacks by financing and supplying the weapons go free.
        — The children and wives and relatives and parents of these terrorists go free.
        No one is ever investigated. The only people investigated in Nigeria are opposition members accused of stealing money, and not APC party members like ex-Gov Rotimi of Rivers or the Theif of Nigerian Army – General Burutai. What kind of country is this?

  • Law Lexis

    Your Excellency,

    Open Letter to Acting President of Nigeria

    Nigeria under your presidency moved troops to The Gambia to supervene a purely judicial process
    involving legal resolution of an election petition by The Supreme Court of The Gambia. This is taboo.
    President Buhari himself spent 50 months on similar petition at the Supreme Court of Nigeria and no
    country moved troops to invade Nigeria in consequence of Buhari’s election petition.

    It is bad history that Nigeria leads onslaught against civilization by preferring military tanks as the best way
    to solve an election dispute – with war ships nearby. This is crude barbarism unheard-of in modern history.

    This is not diplomacy. It is illiteracy. Moreso that the consent of Senate was not sought, as required by Nigeria’s
    1999 Constitution; and given that the constitution allows purely executive action without legislative consent only
    where Nigeria’s national interest is at stake.

    Please ponder and conclude that there is no national interest at stake in a normal judicial proceeding at the Supreme Court in The Gambia to warrant deploying fighter jets and war ships to The Gambia. Accordingly, do issue appropriate orders to recall Nigerian troops from this fool’s errand. Thank you.

    • Law Lexis

      4) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section:-

      (a) the
      President shall not declare a state of war between the Federation and another
      country except with the sanction of a resolution of both Houses of the National
      Assembly, sitting in a joint session; and

      (b) except
      with the prior approval of the Senate, no member of the armed forces of the
      Federation shall be deployed on combat duty outside Nigeria.

      (5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (4) of this section,
      the President, in consultation with the National Defence Council, may deploy
      members of the armed forces of the Federation on a limited combat duty outside
      Nigeria if he is satisfied that the national security is under imminent threat
      or danger:

      Provided
      that the President shall, within seven days of actual combat engagement, seek
      the consent of the Senate and the Senate shall thereafter give or refuse the
      said consent within 14 days.

    • SamPsalm

      The law is only for people who can think. Try thinking and then write another letter. Or if you can’t, don’t worry, we understand. You are forgiven for that one – and for any other in advance. [Poor fellow].

      • World Wide Web

        @SamPsalm:disqus

        You should thank @Law Lexis
        for reproducing Section five (5) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. It makes things clear to me.

        How exactly does a Supreme Court proceeding constitute a threat to Nigeria or involve Nigeria’s
        national interest in a presidential election between two citizens of The Gambia? President Buhari

        or his bumbling Foreign Minister have never been able to answer that question.

      • World Wide Web

        @SamPsalm:disqus : You should thank @Law Lexis
        for reproducing Section five (5) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. It makes things clear to me.

        How exactly does a Supreme Court proceeding constitute a threat to Nigeria or involve Nigeria’s
        national interest in a presidential election between two citizens of The Gambia?

        President Buhari and his bumbling Foreign Minister have not been able to answer that question.

        • Na So O!

          “In the President, in whom much hope was invested and misery was reaped, the man died.
          In the President, who made promises of alleviating poverty during campaign but rather
          exacerbates the level of hunger in the land, the man died. In the President who
          promised to declare his assets but goes to odious lengths to explain why he
          could not do it any longer, the man died. In the President who promised to
          reduce the cost of petrol but ended up increasing it astronomically,
          the man died. In the President who promised to increase the
          value of our Naira but rather devalued it beyond recognition,
          the man died”.

          ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

          (January 3rd, 2017)

          • Powerlessconscious

            Which man died? You mean corruption died. All the promises of the president are sustainable ones. I know you will not understand the meaning of sustainable. It was never a quick fix promises and go back to square one. So it is sustainable ones to bring a permanent solution. But the unforgiving PDP supporters can continue to make themselves sad while the patriotic Nigerians look for a way to survive pending when all the calamities created by PDP poor governance will be resolve by buhari and APC. God bless baba.

  • NAME of Suicide bomber ???

    _
    Dear EDITOR of Premium Times,
    What is the name and state of origin and address of the so called 12yr old suicide Bomber that struck at Maiduguri (Northern Nigeria) yesterday? Are u people going to sweep the matter under the carpet without telling us where she came from or at least her name?
    Nigeria has become the best country in the world to pursue a career in Islamic terrorism. They (terrorists) go free!

    —Their families go free.
    — Those who aid the attacks by financing and supplying the weapons go free.
    — The children and wives and relatives and parents of these terrorists go free.

    No one is ever investigated. The only people investigated in Nigeria are opposition members accused of stealing money, and not APC party members like ex-Gov Rotimi of Rivers or the Theif of Nigerian Army – General Burutai. What kind of country is this?

  • FuzzyLogic

    Malaria is now a common killer in Nigeria.
    Despite budgeting more money for Aso Rock clinic than all the University Teaching Hospitals combined, the president still snubbed Nigeria and its health care system for foreign hospital.
    Only in Africa.