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Nigerian Senate says Buhari ‘has broken no law’


(FILE) President Buhari receiveing Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senate Leader Senator Ahmed Lawan on February 15, 2017 in London.

The Nigerian Senate Tuesday condemned protesters who called for President Muhammadu Buhari to either resume his duty immediately or resign, noting that the president’s prolonged stay in the United Kingdom on a medical ground has not violated any constitutional provisions.

“the protesters were only creating unnecessary tension in the country and seeking to divert the attention of the Presidency from the economic and security issues which are being tackled with vigour,” said the Senate spokesman Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi in a statement.

He said that Buhari had complied with the provisions of the nation’s Constitution, which stipulated that he must hand over to the Vice President and duly inform the two chambers of the legislature about his medical vacation.

“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’.

Abdullahi, however, urged the protesters to stop further 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.

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