Posted on Wed 10 May 2017, 02:23 PM

Lagos based legal practitioner, Liborous Oshoma, here says being President or Acting President is all about coordinating the activities of government. 

That was his reaction to the dust raised by President Muhammadu Buhari's letter to the Senate where he told the National Assembly that his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will be coordinating the affairs of government in his absense as he travels to the UK for medical treatment.

Mr. Oshoma holds that a mere letter from the President stating that he will away from office authomatically transmits the vice to Acting President.

Read Mr. Oshoma's post below:

I truly don't share in these noise about the words used in the President's letter to the Senate, provided the letter was written pursuant to S.145 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It is not the President that empowers the Vice to act but the instrumentality of the constitution. That is why, the moment the letter is transmitted, the power to act is automatically activated, until a contrary letter is transmitted.

Even if the President had just written to inform the Senate that he is proceeding on vacation without mentioning the fact that the VP should act. By the instrumentality of that S. 145 of the constitution, the Vice President begins to act automatically.

Even in a situation where the President refuses or is unable to transmit a letter to the Senate. the Senate by virtue of Sub. Section 2 of S. 145 of the constitution, after 28days of non receipt of the letter can empower the VP to act. So I really don't see the need for all the distraction.

However the budget was sent to the Senate in November, 2016 till date they are yet to pass it after increasing same by N143b.
Knowing fully well that Nigerians would soon turn the heat on them for non passage of the budget, coupled with the increase.

The Senate decided to keep Nigerians busy with the word "Co-ordinate" in the President's letter informing them of his vacation.
I ask again, what is the job of the President on someone acting in his stead, if not to Co-ordinate the affairs of government?

Who knows, I might just learn from you.

Liborous Oshoma Esq.
@2017

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