- The Dream Imo believes it is an impeachable offence for President Muhammadu Buhari to have taken a call from Donald Trump
- The group says having temporarily relinquished power, acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is constitutionally mandated to take such calls
Dream Imo, a civil society group in the south-eastern part of Nigeria has declared that the United States President Donald Trump could not have called Muhammadu Buhari as is being reported.
This is even with reports that the call between the two presidents was confirmed by Trump and foreign media outfits.
In a statement by its chief convener, Emmanuel Nzenwa, the group said it did not believe that Buhari, who is on medical leave abroad could be called by Trump especially since he is in a foreign land.
He also noted that acting President Yemi Osinbajo should have been in a better position to take the call since it was not personal between the two presidents.
He noted that even the CNN which reported the development quoted Femi Adesina, the spokesperson to Buhari.
Daily Post quoted the statement as saying: “It is a huge insult to associate the president of America with such a big diplomatic blunder. How can Donald Trump call a man who is temporary out of service for medical attention and be discussing diplomatic issues with him?
“The power of Mr President has been vested in the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo the day the president transmitted a letter to the national assembly empowering him!
“The power to act is no more on Mr President until he transmits another letter to the same national assembly for retrieval of power and resumption of duty.
“Whenever former President Barack Obama of the United States of America was on vacation, he ceased from performing the functions of his office. Any calls on diplomatic issues which never went to him any way, would be redirected to the seat of power, the white house for the then vice president Joe Biden who was acting on his behalf!
“At that moment in time, the power of the president was on Joe Biden and not on Obama! Obama could only retrieve his power from Joe Biden through a letter to their national assembly. Without that letter, he didn’t have the power to perform!
“So it would be an absurdity of the century for Trump to call President Buhari who is on leave now. According to the rule of engagement for international diplomacy, Trump would rather call the vice president who is now acting on behalf of the president.
“Seat of power calls seat of power! It is assumed that the one on the seat of power for now is the acting president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
“The handlers of our president are making Trump look stupid by saying he called a president on a medical vacation. Don’t they understand what vacation (leave) means?
“In fact it would amount to an impeachable offence for any president on vacation to act without such letter of resumption first! We cannot have two persons performing the same function of the president at the same time!”
The group lamented that Buhari failed to address the people of the Nigeria regarding his death rumour and refused to meet with Nigerians in the United Kingdom
The group added: “What then is the rationale behind such interaction with the US president? Wouldn’t it have been better for him to address concerned Nigerians first?
“No wonder the world leading media agency, Cable News Network (CNN) chose to quote Mr Femi Adesina instead of the White House.
“This reminds me of this question: Which media agency monitored that call? Don’t forget that Trump’s call to Vladimir Putin of Russia, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and others were monitored by CNN and others.
“Hence they reported them authoritatively without quoting any person. When he had a conversation with Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, it was also monitored by CNN and others. That was why we all felt the heat it generated when China kicked!
“It is high time certain propagandists spared us falsehoods because we are no ignoramuses!”