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Buhari resumes work, writes NASS

Buhari resumes work, writes NASS

Just as he promised last Friday when he re­turned from medical vacation in London, Pres­ident Muhammadu Buha­ri on Monday morning re­sumed his official duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
 
He wrote a letter to the National Assembly to noti­fy the lawmakers that he had reported for work, the way he did when he departed for London nearly two months ago.
The President arrived at his office about 11am after which his Senior Special As­sistant on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, came, obviously to pick up the letter for the lawmakers.
By noon, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo walked from his office to the President’s office to meet with Buhari.
Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, was one of the early call­ers to the President’s office.
 
Osinbajo had been Acting President since January 19, 2017 when Buhari left Nigeria for
London to attend to his health, a development that was followed by rumours of his worsening condition and even death.
When Buhari returned last Friday, he summoned a meet­ing of senior government offi­cials where he recounted his tra­vails. He said that he had never been so sick, and that it was so severe that he even had to un­dergo blood transfusion.
He said he would rest some more while Osinbajo carried on, but moments later, the Presi­dency issued a statement an­nouncing that Buhari would instead write to the National Assembly and resume duties yesterday.
After the meeting, Osinbajo said that he had handed power back to President Buhari, who he declared as “over-ready” and healthy enough to resume offi­cial duties.
Osinbajo told State House correspondents that the Presi­dent was coping with the work, adding that “he is very well. We just had a very long meeting.
“We are basically trying to bring the President up to speed as to some of the things we had done while he was away.
“And he has given a few di­rectives on what we should be doing on so many areas - the North East, budget, the econo­my, and a wide range of issues.
“He held a meeting with me for over an hour where we dis­cussed a wide range of issues, so his readiness for work is not in doubt at all. In fact, he is over-ready.”
Osinbajo confirmed that he had handed presidential powers back to Buhari, saying “oh yes! I’m back to my regular position as Vice President.”
He also declared that his boss was “reasonably satisfied” with the way he handled the country while he was away.
Asked if Nigerians should expect a lot delegation of func­tions to him by the President, Osinbajo replied that such had been Buhari’s style even before he fell sick.
In the letter written to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, President Bu­hari said: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Consti­tution (as amended), I write to intimate the House that I have resumed my function as the President of the Federal Repub­lic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 13th March 2017, af­ter my vacation.”
After he received the let­ter, Dogara promised that the House will sustain a cordial working relationship with the Executive arm of government.
Buhari’s letter was present­ed to Dogara by the Senior Spe­cial Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Hon. Suleiman Abdurhaman Kawu Sumaila.
The Speaker said he would read the letter to his colleague in plenary today since the commu­nication was meant for them.
Meanwhile, Aso Rock Vil­la is yet to regain its usual hustle and bustle despite President Bu­hari’s resumption of work.
The Minister of Water Re­sources, Suleiman Adamu; Senator Abu Ibrahim and the President’s Special Assistant on House of Representatives, Kawu Sumaila, were other callers at the President’s office before he led for home about 2:30pm.
After his parley with Buhari, Osinbajo presided over a meet­ing of the Economic Manage­ment Team (EMT) which he chairs every Monday.
Some Service Chiefs, par­ticularly those of the Army and Air Force, were seen at the Vice President’s wing of the Presiden­tial Villa.

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