By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Presidency has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari could govern the country from anywhere in the world.
Mr. Shehu Garba, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated that so long as the President’s absence was for a short period, he did not need to inform the National Assembly.
The Presidency also said Buhari, while in the UK, was exercising authority as the President since his absence would be for 10 days and not up to 21 days.
Garba made a reference to Section 145 (1)(2) of the 1999 Constitution to make a defence for Buhari. When asked why Buhari did not inform the National Assembly of his trip, Shehu replied that it was not necessary.
“No, that is not necessary. The President can exercise authority from wherever he is as he is currently doing.
“This is a relatively short absence. If you check Section 145 (1) and (2) of the Constitution, you will see that the law is only infringed upon when such absence extends to 21 days,” he said.
The President had jetted out of the country on Thursday, last week.
The Presidential Liaison Officers in the National Assembly and officials in the offices of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives could not confirm the transmission of a letter by the president notifying the legislature about his trip as of Saturday night.
Senator Ita Enang, the SSA on National Assembly Matters (Senate), said he could not confirm transmission of the letter as he was out of Abuja.
“I will be able to speak about it on Monday. Right now, I’m home for family and political matters. When I return (to Abuja) I will officially speak next week; I will officially speak on Monday,” he said.
Also, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, could not confirm receipt of the letter by his principal as of Saturday night.
Olaniyonu, however, noted that the letter might have been transmitted to his principal after the plenary on Thursday and might be made public to members at the next sitting on Tuesday.