Nigeria is left without a president as Muhammadu Buhari embarks on yet another trip out of the country. On Friday 5th February, the presidency announced that he would be going on a short vacation; assuming a break from his official functions from February 5 to February 10, 2016. However, he has put in charge the affairs of the country into the capable hands of his Vice Yemi Osinbajo, who will perform the functions of the president, in his absence.
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According to a statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, it says . . .
In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Since Mr Muhammadu Buhari became president of Nigeria he has had numerous opportunities to tour the world. In the past 8 months, he has traveled to over 15 countries. In 2015, he visited Niger Republic, Chad, Germany and South Africa, United States of America, Benin Republic, Ghana, France, India and Iran. In just the 1st five weeks of 2016, he has traveled to the United Arab Emirate, Kenya, Ethiopia, France and the United Kingdom.
These trips cost a whole lot money which include aircraft fueling, crew maintenance, and logistics for other accompanies of such trips, among others. And to that regard the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has lamented about the effect of the to and fro movement of Mr president; he says Buhari’s frequent trips is draining Nigeria’s Purse.
However, in all the trips made, this trip is President Buhari’s actual his first vacation since he came into office. And the statement that was released noted that Prof. Osinbajo will begin to carry out the duties of the president as long as Buhari’s vacation lasts.