The President can give instruction from anywhere, even on air: Presidency

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The 10-day private visit to London by President Muhammadu Buhari has been generating different views on social media.

The President had left the country for the UK on Thursday 25th April and is  expected back into the country on May 5.

The presidency has however come out to say that the President did not breach any section of the Nigerian constitution by going on a 10-day private visit without transmitting power to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The President Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu In an interview with New Telegraph, called on those claiming the President breached a section of constitution by traveling without passing on power to his deputy to cite the relevant sections of the constitution that Buhari breached.

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Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, had earlier described Buhari’s visit to the UK as illegal. 

Falana said: “The President is not permitted by the constitution to abandon the enormous responsibilities of his office for 10 days on account of a private visit to the United Kingdom or any other country whatsoever.” 

Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution states that whenever the President is travelling out of the country on vacation, he must transmit a letter to the National Assembly. 

However, Shehu said that although in the past the President was known to hand over to Osinbajo whenever he embarked on such trip, it was not because the constitution demanded it but out of convention.

He said: “He has not done anything wrong. If anyone has a penalty in line with the constitution, he should come up with it.

“The President can give instruction anywhere, even on air. If the President gives instruction outside the country to a director to construct a road, do they mean that the staff will disobey such an order?”
 


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