The Senate on Tuesday confirmed it received notification from President Muhammadu Buhari, of his intention to extend his vacation due to medical reasons.
The notification was given in a letter sent and received by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. This was to formalise what the Presidency already had announced on Sunday in a statement made available to journalists.
However, the president’s return date was not shared nor did the Senate say if that was an oversight or there really is no stated date of return.
The lack of information has fuelled calls for an address by the president and also led to the use of ïndefinite” in place of a specific return date.
Adesina said the extension is predicated on the need for the president to complete and wait for the results of a series of tests as recommended by his doctors.
Briefing journalists on the letter, Sabi Abdullahi, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public acknowledged the receipt of the letter informing the Senate of his leaving the country for a 10-day leave and also the second one that is a notification of a health-induced extension of his leave.
The lawmaker said it is constitutional and within the powers of the president to make such a decision.
According to The Punch, when pressed on the date, he said there was no stated date nor did the president say he was going to be away indefinitely “because indefinite is taking the matter out of context.”
He pointed out that the Constitution does have a provision for how long the president can actually be away from office.
The president left the country for a 10-day leave to resume office Feb 6. His media aide, Adesina, asks that similarities should not be drawn between this situation and what occurred with late President Umar Yar’adua.
According to him, in this instance, there is no power vacuum as power was properly handed over to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo nor was the Senate kept in the dark about the destination and the reason for travelling.