..President fully ready to work says Osinbajo
SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after his extended vacation in London.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said the Presidency has transmitted a letter to the National Assembly in that regard.
Reacting to the development Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said his boss was ‘over ready’ to return to presidential duties after briefing him behind closed doors.
However, the statement reads in part: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President has formally transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly “that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation.”
Buhari had on January 19 embarked on a vacation in London and was due to come back to Nigeria on February 5, 2017.
He failed to return as scheduled but instead sought an indefinite extension of his holiday from the National Assembly.
Adesina, had on Friday, on his twitter handle, hinted that President Buhari would transmit a letter to the National Assembly indicating his resumption of work after his vacation in London. He said that the letter would formalise the president’s return.
He wrote: “PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari) will on Monday transmit letter to National Assembly on his return to the country. That makes his return to work formal and constitutional.’’
His post was to put to rest some reports indicating that Buhari had asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to continue to act on his behalf.
Buhari had left the country on January 19 on a 10-day medical vacation. He later wrote to the National Assembly informing it that he would be away for unnumbered days to enable him undergo more medical tests based on experts advice and asked Osinbajo to act as president in his absence.
The president returned to Nigeria on Friday, March 10, after 51 days in the UK.
While thanking Nigerians for their constant prayers for his good health, the president revealed that he might be going back to London in the next few weeks for a routine medical check-up.
“All I will need is to do further follow ups within some weeks.
“I thank you very much and may God bless our country,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Prof. Osinbajo has said that President Buhari is “over-ready” to resume work.
Osinbajo, who acted as president for over a month that his boss was away, briefed the president on Monday.
The meeting, which began at about 12 p.m., lasted for over an hour.
Osinbajo later told state House correspondents that he met with the president to bring him “up to speed on some of the things done while he was away”.
He said the president took advantage of the briefing to give “a few directives on what we should be doing; the North East, the budget, the economy, basically wide range of issues”.
“The president has resumed, and he is doing very well,” he said.
On whether the president appeared strong enough to carry put the task of his office, Osinbajo said “he has held a meeting with me for well over an hour where we discussed a wide range of issues, so his readiness wasn’t even in doubt at all. I think he is over ready,” he said.
He told reporters that he was reverting “back to my regular position as Vice President”.
On the president’s view of his (Osinbajo) performance as acting President, Osinbajo simply said, “I think the president was reasonably satisfied”.
He said all decisions he took as acting president received the approval of the president.
“The president is always giving me several responsibilities, but what we must always recognise is that the way this administration works has always been one of team work,” he said.
“There is very little that is done without the president’s clearance. Even these responsibilities that are constitutional, we have full discussions on them and reach agreement on a lot of these issues.
“Practically everything; I discuss fully with him and have his endorsement before we go on and do it,” he said.
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