President Muhammadu Buhari today March 13, 2017 sent a formal letter of resumption to the National Assembly after his close to 50 days medical vacation in London.
“I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation.”
In a Facebook release by the President’s Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari’s action was in compliance with section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“The president has resumed, and he is doing very well.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has updated his boss about things they were done while he (Buhari) was away.
Report from State House, Abuja, says the meeting between the two most political powerful Nigerian men began at about 12 p.m., and lasted for over an hour.
He said the president took advantage of the briefing to give “a few directives on what we should be doing; the north east, the budget, the economy, basically wide range of issues”.
“The president has resumed, and he is doing very well,” Osinbajo said.
On whether the president is strong enough to optimally carry out his presidential duties, Mr. Osinbajo said “he has held a meeting with me for well over an hour where we discussed a wide range of issues, so his readiness wasn’t even in doubt at all. I think he is over ready.”
In a related development, Yemi Osinbajo has reverted to his position as the Vice President after acting as president for more than a month.
Dogara receives Buhari’s resumption letter
Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has confirmed the receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resumption letter.
President’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (House of Representatives), Hon. Abdurhaman Kawu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the speaker in Abuja.
He promised to read it to his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday.
Doagara said “permit me to thank you for working hard to ensure that there is harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly.
“In your own case, I can say it is an appointment that we can truly say amounted to putting a round peg in a round hole or a square peg in a square hole.
“So, no wonder we have seen to some extent some form of understanding between the National Assembly and the presidency.
“We promise to cooperate more than we fight like I said before.
“We will always fight and that has been the practice in all climes and ours cannot be an exception but we will cooperate more in the interest of our people, rather than fight.”