Friday, 12 February 2016

Vacation: Thumbs up for Buhari Says analysts

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to hand over to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo when he proceeded on a five-day vacation last weekend, has been described as institutional processes capable of strengthening and stabilizing the country’s polity.

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Dr. Remi Aiyede said the import of Buhari’s action should not be lost on the nation given what the country passed through during the period late President Umaru Yar’Adua was indisposed.

“We had a serious problem with regards to pronouncing an acting President especially under the regime of President Yar’Adua. Even when he was ill and he had to move out of the country, he did not hand over. So it became a major issue that was supposed to lead to constitutional crisis because the constitution did not provide for a situation where the President did not follow the procedure that he was supposed to observe before leaving the country,” he stated.

He noted that it was the Tenth or Eleventh Amendment to the constitution that eventually resolved the problem by making it automatic that once after 21 days the President is away without officially handing over, the Vice President becomes automatically the acting President.

“I think it is a good gesture and a mark of leadership that the president officially handed over even when he was going for just five days leave. So I think that it’s an example that is worthy of emulation and we hope that even when he is going on leave for a longer period, he would do the same,” he added.
Source: TheGuardian

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