Why Buhari Didn’t Transmit Power to Osinbajo – Garba Shehu
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to London for medical checks does not warrant transmitting power to his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, since he was staying for just two weeks.
Shehu also berated naysayers over insinuations that his principal embarked on emergency medical trip to the UK.
Buhari is currently in London for a “routine” medical check-up.
Speaking on a Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, Shehu said the president did not hand over to Osinbajo because he would be away for a few days.
“He will continue from wherever he is. The requirement of the law is that if the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted”, he said.
On the trip. he said: “It is a medical trip, and there is absolutely no urgency or emergency. The president is not in any sick condition. It’s a routine medical checkup. The president has overtaken this with a set of doctors that he has known over many years.
“He has done this before he came into office in 2015 and has continued to do that without any disruption. For last year, 2020, he couldn’t make it because of travel restrictions that was caused by COVID-19. It’s a routine and we are hoping that the president comes back after the check up”.
Asked if doctors visited the President during the lockdown in 2020, Shehu said: “The President enjoyed good round of health. When his classmates come visiting, you will know that the President is doing well.
”He chose this moment because it’s like a holiday season as Friday is a national holiday, so he’s taking advantage of the Easter season.
Asked if the President would take the second jab of COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, Garba Shehu said the President would have returned before then.