Medical trip: Presidency says Yemi Osinbajo can act as president after 21 days

The Presidency has explained the circumstances under which Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would act as president following President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to the UK.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina,  while disclosing the role the VP will play while Buhari is away in the UK during an interview on a television programme, said the Constitution empowers Yemi Osinbajo to act as president if Buhari is not back to the country within 21 days.

The aide also dismissed the suggestion that Buhari’s trip abroad has created a power vacuum, saying the Osinbajo will attend to critical issues during Buhari’s absence.

Adesina said, “The nation is running, there is a vice president who will attend to critical issues. There is no vacuum and a constitutional amendment has sorted that out”.

The president is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Johnson during his trip and would return to the country by the second week of August.

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