Remain In Your Hospital Bed, We Are More Comfortable With Osinbajo As Acting President – Senate Tells Buhari

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The Senate has on Tuesday, February 7, confirmed that receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, conveying the extension of his vacation indefinitely, without raising an eyebrow.

Recall, that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, had been hob-nobbing with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in the Villa since Buhari went on medical leave.
Spokesman for the Senate, Aliyu Sabi, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, said that the President explained in his letter that the extension was necessitated by the need for him to conclude his medical tests, and collect results as recommended by his doctors.

He said that the President of the Senate, would read the letter in plenary when the Senate resumes from its current working recess.

The lawmaker pointed out that the letter did not state the new date when the President would return.

He also noted that the matter was not an emergency, hence there was no need for an emergency resumption of the Senate from its current recess.


Sabi, further declined to disclose when the letter actually got to the President of the Senate, but noted that he was only called and briefed about it.


“I am here to confirm the receipt of a second letter of Mr. President where he is informing the Senate that he is extending his vacation and this arose because in the first letter he did inform us that he would use that period to see his doctors.

“Now in this second letter, he is informing the Senate that he is extending his vacation because in the course of that routine medical check-up, there are still some tests that needed to be completed further and because of that, he is extending his vacation.

“The letter didn’t say indefinite because indefinite is taking the matter out of context. But then, he said he’s extending, that is beyond the 10 days he has asked for. But definitely he’s extending and I think that is what is important.

“As it is, we have suspended plenary to allow the various committees attend to the national budget, which is a very important document that Nigerians are waiting for.

“There is no emergency for us to say we are suspending or recalling back. When we resume, all communications that come in will be taken. There’s no emergency here because he has done what he is constitutionally mandated to do; that is to transmit a letter to us and he has done that.”

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