Published On: Mon, Aug 21st, 2017

Buhari Writes National Assembly, Resumes Duty Monday

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By Nuel Suji President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the lawmakers of his return to the country and consequent resumption of office.

Mr. Buhari returned to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and seat of power last Saturday after a 103-day medical vacation in London.

Nigeria’s Constitution requires that the President officially write to the National Assembly to notify federal lawmakers of his medical journey abroad and upon his return to the country.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina in a statement, said on Monday that President Buhari has dispatched a letter to the National Assembly.

“In line with constitutional provision, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his return to office, after returning from medical vacation in London,” disclosed Mr. Adesina.

In his letter dated August 21, in a letter addressed separately to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Mr. Buhari notify the lawmakers that he was resuming office.

“In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom,” the president stated.

While Mr. Buhari was on medical vacation, his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, was “coordinating” the affairs of the country in acting capacity.

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