Monday 24th July, 2017
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Medical Vacation ; Buhari's letter causes row in Senate

Medical Vacation ; Buhari's letter causes row in Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari?s letter to the National Assembly informing the Parliament of his medical vacation in London on Tuesday caused a brief drama.
This is coming about forty eight hours after the President traveled to the United Kingdom (UK) ?to see his doctors.
Trouble started when Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia), raised a point of order to draw the attention of the Senate to what he described as deficiencies in the letter addressed by President Buhari.
He said President Buhari was ambiguous in his letter, by claiming that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will coordinate the activities of the country in his absence, without stating a time frame.
The senator argued that the letter should be returned to the presidency, in order to reflect what he said were appropriate requirements captured in Section 145 of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
He was immediately countered by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), who said there was nothing wrong with the letter.
Lawan called on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to rule Ohuabunwa out of order, a request quickly obliged. Saraki, in his ruling, said President Buhari acted within the confines of the law.
The senate president had at about 11.5am formally read the letter from President Buhari

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