Tuesday, May 9, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - STAR INFORMATION: Buhari Names Osinbajo ‘Coordinator’ of Nation’s Affairs (Acting Presidency Assumed)

My People:

0. May 29, 2015:  President Buhari, Vice-President Osinbajo assume power in Nigeria

1. Early February 2016:  Buhari transfers power to Osinbajo as VP after proceeding on vacation

2. Early-June 2016:  Buhari transfers power to Osinbjo as VP after proceeding on medical vacation

3.  Mid-January 2017:  Buhari transfers power to Osinbajo as VP after proceeding on medical vacation

4.  Early May 2017:  Buhari transfers power to Osinbajo as VP after proceeding on medical vacation

We wish President Buhari well; we wish Acting President Osinbajo well. It will be well with Nigeria.

Bolaji Aluko
Eyes up gazing at God


Source: Premium Times

President Muhammadu Buhari says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will "coordinate" the nation's affairs while he is abroad for medical treatment.
A letter sent by the president to the Senate, notifying lawmakers of his trip, however raised questions Tuesday about Mr. Osinbajo's powers after Mr. Buhari failed to address him as "acting president".
Mr. Buhari left Nigeria Sunday night, shortly after receiving 82 Chibok girls who regained freedom after three years in Boko Haram captivity.
Since coming to power in May 2015, it is the fourth time Mr. Osinbajo would be acting on behalf of the president.
Mr. Buhari has won praises for promptly handing over power before embarking on each trip.
This time, the president said his stay in the United Kingdom would be determined by his doctors.
But his latest correspondence to the Senate, read by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, was questioned by a Senator who argued that Mr. Osinbajo should have been designated "acting president".
Mao Ohabunwa, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, representing Abia North, said it was not proper to name the vice president "coordinator" of the nation's affairs.
He was however ruled out of order by Mr. Saraki, after the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, defended Mr. Buhari, citing Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution. 
That section says, "Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting President."



When Powers Of An Acting President Are Neither Executive Nor Absolute

Published on February 5, 2017

When Powers Of An Acting President Are Neither Executive Nor Absolute

The powers to function as Acting President were transferred to him on January 19, 2017, by his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, who proceeded on a 10-day vacation to London, United Kingdom, the same day. But for the10 working days he acted, he guarded and guided his own actions, creating an impression of a man without authority. This is the second phase of the series in the way Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ran Nigeria as Acting President in the absence of President Buhari.

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

Just like the first week, his second week was also animated with meetings after meetings. Such has come to define the character of his office as no day passes by without one form of meeting or another. But for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, there was no basking in the euphoria of being an Acting President.

There was also nothing so exciting about the new office especially when the powers are ephemeral and un-absolute. It was the same office, the same motorcade. The same living house, the same personnel and the same meetings with no real executive powers. If there was anything new at all, it would be the meetings that sprawled and tripled in their numbers and Osinbajo, the Professor, would never be tired chairing.

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Since his assumption of office on May 29, 2015, President Buhari has transferred the functions of his office to Osinbajo thrice. This may be politically deliberate, unavoidably circumstantial or constitutionally mandatory.

But whichever way it goes, the non-usage of the executive powers in the absence of the President has somewhat resumed the debate on what powers there are for Vice Presidents and Deputy Governors whenever they are humoured to act. Are they just spare tyres or robots who can only be manipulated without their own creative instincts?

Are they only paper tigers and meeting conveners even when executive powers have been transfered to them? But then, baring any last minute eventuality, Osinbajo's acting days are over (for now) as President Buhari is anxiously expected to resume work tomorrow, Monday, February 6, upon the expiration of his 10-day vacation in London.



JUNE 8, 2016

Yemi-Osibajo1b The Senate has officially confirmed receiving the transmitted letter from President Muhammadu Buhari about his vacation thus officially making Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act on his behalf as President for the 10 days he would be on medical vacation to the United Kingdom, UK.

In a letter to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, President Buhari said he was writing in line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. In the letter  which was read at plenary Tuesday by presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu,  the President said he would be away from June 6 to 16.

The letter read: "In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, I wish to inform the distinguished Senate that I will be away on a short medical vacation from June 6 to 16, and while I am away, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of my office. "Please, accept, as always assurances of my highest esteemed consideration."

But there were strong indications that the President may extend the 10-day medical vacation to attend to more health-related issues beyond the ear infection. Those familiar with the President said the treatment may extend beyond ear infection, adding that Mr. President may also decide to have more bed rest beyond June 16.


Buhari Extends Leave In London Till Sunday
June 16, 2016 

President Muhammadu Buhari will not return to Nigeria from London, where he is spending his 10-day medical vacation, until Sunday.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed on Thursday, that President Muhammadu Buhari would not return from his trip to London till Sunday.

Osinbajo said this to State House correspondents shortly before the commencement of a meeting of the National Economic Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari was expected back in the country today, Thurday, June 16 after spending a 10-day vacation in the UK.

Osinbajo however said it was just appropriate for Buhari to take the weekend off and rest very well in London before returning to the country.

He said he had spoken to the President on the telephone and he was in good health condition.

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The Vice-President said Buhari would resume in his office on Monday morning.

Osinbajo said, "The President will be back on Sunday. I spoke with him yesterday evening and I think it is just the best that he takes the weekend off. He will certainly be back on Sunday.

"I think the most straightforward thing is when he will be back. He will be back on Sunday. There is no point rushing back on Friday or something like that.

"He will just take the weekend off and be back on Sunday. He is in perfect health and ready to resume work on Monday morning.

"Mr. President is in good condition, he is fine, he is very well. He should take a day or two off in London and rest a bit and come back hale and hearty on Sunday and be ready for work on Monday. So we expect him back on Sunday."


Buhari Proceeds on Vacation, Transfers Power to Osinbajo

Metro Watch  February 5, 2016  

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday transfered power to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, as he proceeds on a five-day vacation.
This was contained in a statement by the President's spokesman, Femi Adesina.

The statement said while President Buhari is on vacation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will perform his functions.
The statement added: "In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the


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