CONSTITUTION: Nigerians Criticise Buhari Nation Wide Broadcast, Say Its Illegal, Unconstitutional

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Monday nation wide broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised Nigerians saying its illegal following his refusal to wait pending when the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will constitutionally transmit power back to him through the National Assembly he transmitted power to his vice before leaving Nigeria for overseas medical treatment.

Cross section of Nigerians who spoke to HardReporters at random, questioned the constitutional rights of President Buhari to address the nation when he was yet to get back power he transmitted to his vice through the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari landed only returned to the country after over 100 days
on medical treatment in the United Kingdom.

“Nigeria is a state of illegality. Before his leaving for London for his medical treatment, Muhammadu Buhari transmitted a letter to the National Assembly relinquishing power to his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to act on his behalf. It is only constitutional and moral for Buhari to write formally to the National Assembly informing them of his return at which he must have restored and taken back his full powers as full President from his vice.

“But this was never done and Buhari went ahead to address the nation and we are asking n which capacity did he address us when he is yet to be transmitted back his power. So Nigerians are saying his nation wide address this morning to Nigerians was illegal, unconstitutional and abuse of office and out of rascality. Is very unfortunate that we Nigerians are always taken for granted by these persons. We know the next they will say is that we have done that but everyone know that the President returned on Saturday, yesterday was Sunday and today is Monday and as we talk the National Assembly is on recess, so how and when did transmission of any letter to the lawmakers took place that we don’t hear of it.” a top government functionary who does not want his name mentioned said.

President Muhammadu Buhari had this morning, following his extended medical vacation in the United Kingdom said that Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable, in an apparent reference to tension in the country and directed security agencies to fight and destroy terrorists and criminals “so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.”

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