Med­i­cal trip: Buhari has not vi­o­lated any law — Se­nate

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate yes­ter­day said Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has not vi­o­lated the law over his long ab­sence from duty, while on med­i­cal va­ca­tion in the United King­dom.

Daily Trust re­ports that there have been protests by groups that the pres­i­dent, who left for UK on May 7 for fol­low-up con­sul­ta­tions with his doc­tors, should ei­ther re­turn to the coun­try or re­sign.

In a state­ment by its spokesper­son, Se­na­tor Aliyu Sabiu Ab­dul­lahi, the Se­nate said “The pres­i­dent has bro­ken no law and there­fore we do not see any jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this di­ver­sion and noise mak­ing. The spon­sors are merely seek­ing cheap pub­lic­ity at the ex­pense of the peace of Nige­ria.

“We, in the Na­tional Assem­bly, are sat­is­fied that there is no vac­uum. The Fed­eral Govern­ment is work­ing. Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo is pro­vid­ing the re­quired lead­er­ship. So, there is no rea­son for the protests.

“All Nige­ri­ans now should fo­cus on pray­ing for the safe re­turn of the pres­i­dent. We in the Se­nate are happy about the re­port by the gover­nors and party lead­ers, who re­cently vis­ited Pres­i­dent Buhari in Lon­don and we know he will soon re­turn to con­tinue to pro­vide lead­er­ship to our peo­ple and the rest of Africa.

“We there­fore call on the pro­test­ers to stop all th­ese demon­stra­tions and let their sense of pa­tri­o­tism over­shadow the zeal for ac­tivism by join­ing other Nige­ri­ans to pray for the pres­i­dent, the act­ing pres­i­dent and Nige­ria as a coun­try at this crit­i­cal pe­riod.”

The Se­nate cau­tioned spon­sors and par­tic­i­pants in the protests by a coali­tion of civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, op­er­at­ing un­der the aegis of #OurMu­muDonDo, de­mand­ing for the res­ig­na­tion of the Pres­i­dent.

But the pro­test­ers said they won’t shift po­si­tion on Pres­i­dent Buhari and de­scribed the Se­nate as a ‘mon­u­men­tal fail­ure.’

Leader of the group, Charles Oputa, said the Saraki-led cham­ber had once again demon­strated that it is noth­ing but a mere ‘rub­ber stamp’ of the ex­ec­u­tive arm of govern­ment.

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