SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Government on Wednesday described as needless, the controversy trailing the letter to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari in respect of his current medical vacation in London.
The controversy was sparked off by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa who, raising a Point of Order, faulted the use of the phrase “coordinating” instead of “acting” to describe the role of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is holding forte for Buhari while his London medical vacation lasts.
The controversy immediately went viral especially in the social media with some arguing that the letter to the National Assembly by Buhari did not meet the requirements of the Constitution, alleging that he had failed to transmit power to his second-in-command as prescribed.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal executive Council meeting, however, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, dismissed the controversy as a mere distraction.
“I think it is a needless controversy and just a distraction. The operative sentence is in compliance with section 145 sub-section (1) (of the Constitution). So, any other word is irrelevant”, he said.
President Buhari jetted out of the country to London on Sunday for a medical follow up of which he had hinted soon on his return in March after about some 49 days medical vacation in London.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, which announced his departure from the country to London said his return would be determined by the advice of his team of doctors.