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Buhari’s Vacation: Osinbajo to Take Over Formally on Monday

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By Samuel Ogundipe
 
Although President Muhammadu Buhari announced on Friday that he had begun a short vacation from February 5 ending on February 10, 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may not assume the presidency in acting capacity until Monday February 8.
This is because WESTERN POST gathered that the Vice President was in Lagos when the announcement was made and was billed for Benue State on Saturday for a wedding programme.
On Sunday, he would worship at Aso Rock Villa Chapel and retire to his residence afterwards.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Osinbajo will perform the functions of the president for the period Buhari would be away.
The president had also notified the National Assembly via a correspondence on Friday afternoon.
In transferring power to Osinbajo, Buhari invoked Section 145 of the Constitution, which enumerates the procedure for delegating presidential powers to the Vice president in the absence on leave of the president.
The State House statement is, however, silent on where the president would be spending his vacation, but WP learnt that Buhari remained in London where he attended a conference on Syria with other world leaders on Thursday.
He may also seek the attention of his doctors while in the United Kingdom.
A statement released when Buhari departed the country for Paris on Monday, Feb. 1, had said the president would make a stop in Britain and return to the country by weekend.

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